Students in Mount Mercy’s art major cement their foundation in visual arts concepts, principles and techniques. Our art facilities offer hands-on learning in sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, painting, drawing, photography, video and alternative media like installation, creating diverse and energetic work as unique as a fingerprint.
Networking makes a difference. Instructed by our creative faculty who work in the media they teach, Mount Mercy’s engaging curriculum is intertwined with guest artists, seminars, exhibitions, fieldtrips, workshops, student-teaching and internships, and provides students with the opportunity to study and practice with nationally-known artists in their areas of interest.
Art scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and transfer students with an interest and talent in art. These scholarships are open to majors and non-majors alike for up to $3,000 a year, and are renewable up to four years for a total of $12,000.
Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree who major in art are equipped to follow a variety of paths. Many become photographers, consultants, teachers, independent artists, art directors, or attend graduate programs to become art professors or museum curators.
Mount Mercy student artists exhibit their creative accomplishments off-campus and participate in Art Club activities and other campus and community experiences. As part of the capstone course, art and design program seniors exhibit their work in the university’s public Janalyn Hanson White Gallery. Many display and even sell their work at local exhibitions and special events, including:
Alumni say our faculty make Mount Mercy University the best art school in Iowa:
“Mount Mercy’s professors are committed to providing students with an environment conducive to creativity and success. I always enjoyed the inspirational atmosphere of a variety of artists bouncing ideas off one another. Every art student graduates with the confidence and resources to achieve their career goals.”
— Meghan Bean ‘08