To meet your individual interests and goals, we offer four majors in Fine Arts and two distinct degrees: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts.
OWU has a long and rich history in Fine Arts, with graduates who exhibit in galleries and museums around the world, work in a wide range of professions, and teach at all levels from grade school through college. Studio facilities rival those of many large universities, and students work in virtually every medium.
Students in Fine Arts select from four majors:
OWU’s partnership with Carnegie Mellon University gives students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Arts Management degree.
At Ohio Wesleyan, students are given the opportunity to broaden their learning across academic disciplines and outside of the classroom.
Fine Arts students can bring together four years of work in art and other disciplines into special artistic and research projects.
Students have access to our studios 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This free access to studio facilities is crucial in helping the students meet the high expectations of each course and rise to high levels of achievement.
Every year, OWU showcases the work of senior art students in an exhibition of juried works at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum. The art is a culmination of four years’ work by the students.
We believe every Ohio Wesleyan student should be immersed in new cultures and new environments – it’s an essential part of a 21st-century college education.
We also encourage any opportunity to travel or study abroad during your four years. Numerous Travel-Learning Courses and other travel programs are available, many in a student’s first year, to broaden global perspective.
Students visited Italy as a part of a ‘Chemistry and Art’ Travel-Learning Course. During the trip, students learned how chemistry plays a vital role in the creation, preservation, restoration, destruction, forgery detection, and analysis of the many works of art throughout Italy.
Caroline Shaffer ’19 studied art in Italy during the summer of 2017 along with three other students, Ross Art Museum Director Erin Fletcher, and Politics & Government Professor Ashley Biser.
The "Renaissance Art & Thought" Travel-Learning Course traveled to Siena and Florence, Italy, to bring classroom learning to life.
Gain real experience through internships and signature projects. In the New York Arts Program, you can spend an exciting semester in the art capital of the world. You’ll have an on-the-job experience with NYC professionals in various artistic fields.
You also can participate in Theory-to-Practice Grant trips as early as your first year. A Theory-to-Practice Grant could fund your original research, internship, or creative project anywhere in the world.
In her solo show at OWU’s Werner Gallery, Kristen Canda ’17 showcased the drawing skills she developed while interning with two New York artists.
Inspired by a Spring Break Interfaith Service trip to New Orleans, Wyatt Hall ’17 created a book of photographs from around the city to display at his senior art show.
Rachel Spotts ’17 completed internships in Austin, Texas, at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, and Bike Texas. She gained and used skills with each internship regarding art conservation and communication.
OWU faculty are outstanding scholars and researchers—and passionate teachers. They will push you, challenge you, inspire you, and work with you on your own research and creative projects.
They can even pack a 3-minute lecture with ideas, insight, and imagination. Check out our unique i³ lectures.
Are We Clay?
The 3,500-square-foot Jannuzi Painting Studio includes 24 easels and appropriate storage, there is room to spread out and create ambitious large-format work. Intermediate and advanced painting students have semiprivate areas in which to work. There are a variety of color-corrected overhead lighting systems as well as north-facing overhead skylights.
The photography facilities include a light studio, a lecture classroom, a beginning-level gang darkroom that houses 11 enlarger stations, three advanced-level semiprivate darkrooms, one large format/non silver darkroom, several development and film loading rooms, and a print mounting and matting room. All of the darkrooms are equipped with Hiretech custom gel coat sinks and case work and the latest Saunders enlargers.
After graduating, Olivia was accepted into the M.F.A. program in Animation at the University of California Los Angeles. While at OWU, Olivia received an OWU Connection grant to study animation through the Film and Television Institute at UCLA, did independent study work with OWU professor Jim Krehbiel, and had a motion graphics internship with OWU’s Office of University Communications.
Salman Toor ’06 is having a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York November 2020 through April 2021. The exhibition, "Salman Toor: How Will I Know," is part of the Whitney’s emerging artists program. Sculptor Kim Faler ’02 created "Double Bubble," installed in 2020 at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Photos of the popular work have appeared in the New York Times and on Katie Couric’s Instagram feed.
Employers of recent OWU art history graduates include: the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, DC), the Guggenheim Museum (New York), and the Butler Institute of American Art (Youngstown, OH). Other recent graduates have gone on to graduate study at Columbia, Rutgers, Florida State, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the University of Wisconsin.
If you’re interested in a career in arts management, OWU’s partnership with Carnegie Mellon University provides a smooth pathway and possible scholarships toward a master’s degree.
Our studio majors do very will with entry into MFA graduate programs as well as entry into professional art and design jobs. Furthermore, we have an excellent record in placing our art education students in teaching positions.
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Los Angeles artist and writer Robbie Herbst exhibited his work at the Ross Art Museum and led a workshop with 20 OWU students.
As part of the Fall 2016 “A Show of Horses” opening, a horse was brought outside the museum for visitors to pet.
Professor Nilan at the 2018 Faculty Art Show.
The same month Kristen Canda graduated from OWU in May 2017, the fine arts major was selected as the 2017-2018 artist-in-residence for the Lancaster Festival in central Ohio’s Fairfield County.
Professor Cetlin at the 2018 Faculty Art Show.
In Fall 2017, the Ross Art Museum itself was an exhibit. Every night, historic documents from the town of Delaware were projected on the building’s facade until midnight.
Professor Bogdanov at the 2018 Faculty Art Show.
Professor Quick at the 2018 Faculty Art Show.
Professor Hobbs at the 2018 Faculty Art Show.


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