From the studios in Pella to the art capitals of the world, an art minor from Central College experiences the entire spectrum of the visual arts. Art graduates are working in a number of fields, such as architecture, graphic design, studio art and education.
A strong foundations program in drawing, visual language, 3D design and art history provides students with a solid basis in visual literacy to excel in the classroom as well as the larger global community. The art department offers studio classes covering all levels of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, glassblowing, ceramics and metalsmithing. In addition, we offer a range of art history courses that explore art in ancient through contemporary worlds.
Internationally and nationally known artists and exhibitions visit campus annually through the Allison B. Allen Visiting Artist program.
Recent visiting artists include:
The Lubbers Center for the Visual Arts is home to the art department. Large, open studios with natural light are used for drawing, painting, printmaking, papermaking and book arts. Updated and well-equipped studios house individual classes for glass, sculpture, wood, metals and ceramics. The building includes high-tech classrooms, laser engraver, and 3D and large-format fine art printers used exclusively for art department classes.
Art students have 24/7 access to the fine arts Apple computer lab located in the Roe Center. This fine arts lab is shared with the theatre and music departments and is equipped with the latest software specific to each discipline.
Central is the only four-year college in Iowa with glassblowing as a regular course offering.
The Lubbers Center is home to the Mills Gallery, which serves as a resource for the art department, the campus and the general community. The Mills Gallery offers a dynamic schedule of exhibitions featuring art from around the world, and hosting visiting artists' lectures by regionally, nationally and internationally known artists. Art students have the opportunity to display exhibitions in this space. Central also maintains a teaching collection of contemporary artwork visible in public spaces throughout campus, integrating art into the life of the campus.
Students are encouraged to study abroad to enhance their development as global citizens or participate in a national study program in Chicago, Washington, D.C., or New York.
Learn more about these programs.
No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.
Many art students have continued their education earning M.F.A. and M.A. degrees at graduate schools across the country, including:
Central’s art curriculum emphasizes studio work supplemented by courses in art history, criticism and theory that you won’t find offered at other schools. Small studio classes — seldom more than 20 students — enable instructors to give personal attention to each individual and carefully critique works in progress. Minors in studio art and art history are also available to all students.