Trinity's Department of Art and Design is a vibrant community of student and professional artists. There's always something happening: a guest artist coming to campus, field trips to artists' studios or galleries and museums downtown, faculty members installing their next show, alumni checking with the department to see if there's a student they can get for an internship. We're glad you're here.

Art and Design: News

Three New Programs in Fall 2015!
BFA's in Art, Design, BA in Digital Design

Spring 2015

The Art Department will add three new programs to its offerings Fall 2015. First are Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in studio art and graphic design. These two professional programs include nearly an entire year of work in a student's area of specialization. Second, the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design combines courses in design, computer science, business and communication arts to prepare students to design applications and interfaces for phones and tablets. This field is growing at three times the national average according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Check here for descriptions.

Designer Emily Van Hoff '11 makes Harper Bazaar's UK Hotlist.

Spring 2015

Emily Van Hoff '11 is at it again. Her passion for typography has extended to a set of handlettered greeting cards and more. Harper's UK picked them up here's the link. For more of Emily's brilliant work here's her website. See for yourself what one award laden Trinity grad is up to.

Bakker @ Christians in the Visual Arts

Spring 2015

Professor John Bakker presented at CIVA's Biennial Conference. The conference title, Between Two Worlds, Contemporary Art and the Church, explored the fraught interaction between the worlds of the church and serious art. The conversation has extended in both directions from the artworld discussing the (strange) place of religion in contemprary art to CIVA's consideration of what kinds of dialogue are possible. Ben Quash, a professor of Theological Aesthetics at Cambrdge's King's College, London, posted this short video ahead of conference.

Browning in Midwest Juried Exhibiton

Spring 2015

Professor Ellen Brownings print series, Meaningful?, was included a Midwest juried exhibtion at the Anderson Center for the Arts, Anderson Indiana. Her work continues to explore the use of woodtype from the Hamilton Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Thompson @ Chicago Artists Coalition

Spring 2015

Professor Ryan Thompson's exhibition, Reference Rot, exploring the work of IBM scientist Henry Vogel at the Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery in Chicago's West Loop Gallery District is the culmination of a prestigious HATCH Residency he was awarded last fall. "HATCH Projects is a year-long, juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. HATCH fosters shared experimentation, exchange and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs."

LA Times reviews Professor Ryan Thompson's Bad Luck,Hot Rocks.

Fall 2014

Professor Thompson's new book Bad Luck, Hot Rocks, (with co-author, Phil Orr) a humorous, low-key meditation on small actions reveal human attempts construct an orderly universe was reviewed in the Los Angeles Times. The book presents images of stolen artifacts returned to Petrified Forest National Park with "letters of conscience." Thompson was also awarded a Chicago Artists' Coalition Hatch Residency. This means that Thompson will be working with curators to develop his work his career as an artist.

Ellen Browning exhibits in Chicago

Fall 2014

In September, Ellen Browning's typograhic prints made from the Hamilton Type Museum's antique wood type was featured as part of a six woman group show at Palette and Chisel Gallery on Chicago's near north side. In fact, Profesor Browning was invited to participate Hamilton's international type research trip to historic European printing centers in May 2015. Thanks to her connections to top people in design Trinity expects to bring major designers to campus in the near future. Stay tuned. Browning's work is represented by New Harmony Contemporary Gallery in New Harmony, IN.

Bakker at Sojourn Gallery, Louisville

Fall 2014

Sojourn Gallery in Louisville, KY is featuring Profesor John Bakker's work December 2014. For a significant part of the last decade, Professor Bakker made a painting a day based on quotes and events from the people around him, a former colleague's characterization, for example, of students saw them selves as "majoring in awesome." This portion of Bakker's work is a counterpoint to the high concept work that typical of other aspects of his studio practice.

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