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.



Artist Guild
The purpose of the Artist Guild is to promote active participation in the visual arts; to build camaraderie and solidarity among art majors through cooperation on shared projects, to plan group trips to museums and galleries, to foster student development of artistic abilities, to research and recommend possible visiting artists or lecturers, and to vigorously discuss and debate aesthetic issues in an open forum. Professor Thomas Payne is the adviser.

The Artist Guild is a student-run organization that meets twice a month to discuss departmental projects and general management. In the past, the Artist Guild has created a coloring book for community children, done a sculpture for campus display, sponsored a field trip to Minneapolis, and aided various other departments of the college.

Field Trips
Weekend, day, and small field trips are taken by the Art Department to visit museums, galleries, and commercial establishments. These trips have included Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Iowa City and Des Moines. Often students determine where and when the trips take place.

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.

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


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

Faculty mentors work closely with students. WORTH IT.



Johanna Kramer-Weston

Art Gallery Director & Exhibition Manager