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

Jobs for 2014 Design Graduates

Summer 2014

Danielle Truckenmiller '14 (left) is working as a graphic designer for Rachel Allan Dresses; Dani creates ads, posters doing both the design and photography for the company. Heather Van Sant '14 (right) turned her internship into a full time job. Jessica Timmermans '14, not pictured, but is still happy to be working for Groupon in Chicago.

Maria Chaverri '09 joins Accenture

Summer 2014

Costa Rican, Maria Charverri, '09 tranferred to Trinity intending to work in the United States after graduation. The recession altered that dream. Adjusting expectations after working so hard is never easy but Maria picked herself up continued build new skills (including Portuguese and French). She freelanced for small clients. As she says, "Not taking risks it's the biggest risk of all. Once you take ownership of what you want and play with the resources you have available, things become simpler."

One thing lead to another; Accenture.com hired her to turn print brochures into interactive material for a London client. Accenture provides excellent continued training for their employees as part of their benefits package. Maria says, "This kind of experience and knowledge is priceless to me. It's all about continuing to learn, study and to embrace everything. Great things never come from comfort zones." Congratulations, Maria!

Christensen '11 joins Teach for America

Summer 2014

Abby Christensen '11 has passed the rigorous entrance process for Teach for America. Moving from a very conceptual studio practice in Boise, ID with growing connections to the art scene in the mountain states, Abby will be teaching elementary art in a low income school in Phoenix, AZ. Student's lives will be much richer for all the expertise Abby brings to the classroom.

Abby was the recipient of the 2011 Department Award in Fine Art.

More Job offers for Art Education Graduates

Summer 2014

Jon Engbers '14 graduated with honors and was the recipient of the 2014 Department Award in Art Education. Jon Engbers '14 has offers from schools in Budapest, Hungary and interest from schools in San Antonio, Texas and San Francisco. Jon accepted a position Cascade Christian Schools in Puyallup, WA. He will be teaching high school and middle school art as well as middle school drama. He's psyched!

Job offers for Art Education Graduates

Summer 2014

Yasmin Fernandez '13 will be taking over the art position at Daystar School in Chicago's South Loop. The school's website states "that the study of art is an essential part of a Daystar student's K-8 experience. In addition to being of the primary means by which we express ourselves in a visual language, art develops creative thinking and provides a means for self-expression and communication." ...and it's just blocks from the Chiago Art Institute; lots of field trips!

Yasmin was the recipient of the 2013 Department Award in Art Education.

Trinity's Art Department adds BFA degree

March 2014

Trinity's Department of Art and Design has added Bachelor of Fines Arts degree with concentrations in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, or photography/video or a concentration in graphic design. This professional degree is designed for students who intend to pursue graduate school or achieve professional work in art and design. The degree provides students a year of work in their area of specialization.

Thompson's Bad Luck, Hot Rocks
from Baltimore to Berlin

March 2014

Professor Ryan Thompson's new book featuring images and letters of regret from people who have stolen rocks from the Petrified Forest is coming out in the fall. You can get a preview of the project in the Spring 2014 issue of the National Parks Magazine. This spring, Thompson's work has been featured in exhibitions in Chicago, Baltimore and Berlin, Germany. Recent work from Trinity's faculty show will be featured in Cabinet Magazine. Trouble keeping up? Here's the website.

Professor Browning's invitation

February 2014

Professor Ellen Browning has devloped a relationship with the Hamilton Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. She has taken student there to print with 19th century wood type. She's given lectures and exhibtions at museum. On her last trip there, the museum's curator invited her to join an exclusive invitation only tour to visit and print at some of Europe's most important printing sites in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Over $100K in Scholarships for Art Visit Day Portfolios

February 2014

Only for high school seniors who attend the Annual Art Visit Day with a portfolio of their work, Trinity's Art and Design Department offers scholarships of up to $5000 per year, renewable for four years fo students who continue to major in art. That adds up to a lot of dollars, over $100,000.

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