ART + GRAPHIC DESIGN

The Art Department provides Wartburg students the ability to communicate with discipline and imaginative understanding about the visual world and its design. Through appreciation, experience, and production, art students broaden their creative and critical abilities and share these new skills through creating works of art.

The Art Department offers a variety of academic and studio courses in traditional and technology-based media. The limited size of classes and open attitudes of faculty encourage individual attention and a close working relationship. Through advanced courses and independent studies, students may pursue individual interests.

Drawing and Painting in Italy
The department sponsors an opportunity to see the art and architecture of Italy and produce plain air studies. Site visits include Florence, Rome, Venice, and Assisi or Siena.

Majors

Art: The major in art is a studio degree with a focus on traditional media including drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramics.

Graphic Design: The graphic design major incorporates graphic design and information design.

Alumni Outcomes

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. As a liberal arts institution, Wartburg prepares students to be successful in any field, regardless of their major. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the Art Department have had in the past.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • Design Specialist, MLT Group, Rochester, Minn.
  • Graphic Designer, Phonak, LLC, Warrenville, Ill.
  • Product Marketing Coordinator, Pilgrims Pride, Greeley, Colo.
  • Free-lance Graphic Designer, Iowa City
  • Copywriter Specialist, Veridian Credit Union, Waterloo

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past 15 Years:

  • Graphic Designer, Gannett Company, Inc., West Des Moines
  • Graphic Designer, Platial, Inc., Portland, Ore.
  • 7-12 Art Teacher, Blooming Prairie, Minn.
  • K-12 Art Teacher, Pleasantville Community  School District, Pleasantville
  • Graphic Designer, Morris Press Cookbooks, Kearney, Neb.
  • Web Designer, Stelter Co., Story City
  • Owner/Partner, Cohesive Creative and Code, Hudson

Ceramics

Introduction to the craft of clay. Investigation of historical and contemporary ceramic art. Skill development in hand building, wheel-thrown techniques, glaze and fire works.

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Traditional Form Vase
Traditional Form Vase
Textured Vessel
Textured Vessel
Button Box
Button Box
Arts & Crafts Vase
Arts & Crafts Vase
Ceramics Studio
Ceramics Studio

Drawing

Understanding of visualization techniques and the meaning and relationship to historical developments through the study of value, volume, proportions, linear perspective.

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Drawing Sample
Drawing Sample
Drawing Sample
Drawing Sample

Graphic Design

Introduction to software commonly used for desktop publishing and graphic design. Development of skills using software and the application of these skills to design projects.

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Graphic Design Samples
Graphic Design Sample

Painting

Study of painting techniques in conjunction with the use of color, pictorial organization, and development of expression.

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Painting Sample
Painting Sample
Painting Sample
Painting Sample
Painting Sample

Photography

Study of photography as an art form with emphasis on effective composition, imagery, and expression. Practical studio course investigating various dimensions of photography as art, emphasizing the development of personal photographic seeing.

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Photography Sample
Photography Sample

Printmaking

Introduction to development of the graphic image and printmaking process through linoleum block and etching techniques.

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Monoprint Samples
Monoprint Samples
Linocut Sample
Linocut Sample
Intaglio Samples
Intaglio Samples
Intaglio Samples
Intaglio Samples

FACILITIES

The Bachman Fine Arts Center includes a gallery, graphic design computer stations, classrooms and studios.

Faculty mentors work closely with students. WORTH IT.

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FACULTY+STAFF

Briana Jo Agan Borchert

Art Gallery Director & Exhibition Manager