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

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.

Welcome to Jean Carey

November 2014

The Art Department welcomes Jean Carey back to campus. Jean was formerly coordinator of events for the Audio Visual Department. Her warm, welcoming presence in the art office will keep student workers on task and be the listening ear that students need. Jean has always had a passion for the arts so working with students in a creative environment like the art department has been a dream.

Farewell to Verily Blim

October 2014

The art department bids a very fond farewell to Verily Blim, our long time department coordinator. Verily was the efficient, entrepreneurial force behind art visit day contacts with high schools across the country. She was the soft shoulder for any student in need of a listening ear or encouragement. She was the person who helped everyone stay on track for events, reports, and the like. But more than anything, she was enormous fun to work with. Students, department faculty, staff and administrators across campus will miss her. Her next project? helping the US military run more efficiently. Look out. There could be a budget surplus in our future.

Outdoor Sculpture Space Opens

September 2014

What was once a parking lot for 6 years of major contruction on Trinity's campus is now a dedicated sculpture space. Beginning sculpture's creative engagement with a palette load of of 2x4's and voila!.

Teachers, Teachers!
Chelsea Konyndyk '13 lands teaching job at Lansing Christian High School and her third inclusion in ArtPrize

Fall 2014

Chelsea Konyndyk '13, newly minted as Lansing Christian's high school art teacher is also showing in ArtPrize, the annual arts extravaganza in Grand Rapids, Mi for the third time! Her first inclusion was while she was still a student at Trinity.

In fact, all of Trinity's art ed graduates in the last 2 years have teaching jobs.

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. Maria says, "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.

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