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

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.

Entrance to the BFA program is based on a portfolio review during the sophomore year or before the start of the junior year for transfer students.

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.

The Box awards Bakker 2015 residency

February 2014

The Box, a Galesberg, Illinois gallery and residency program awarded Professor John Bakker, the department chair, a Fall 2015 residency to produce another large-scale portrait installation in Galesberg. The program is a joint venture of Knox College and Blick, the largest art supplier in the country. Both institutions are based in Galesberg. The project will feature portraits of peoples from Galesberg and Knox College. Bakker has produced large scale portrait projects for the City of Chicago, LaSalle Street Church and in 1997, the entire Trinity community.

Over $100K in Scholarships for Art Visit Day Portfolios

February 2014

Only for high school seniors who attand 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.

Emily Van Hoff '11 wins second Addy!

February 2014

Every year the American Advertising Federation (AAF) awards the Addys —think the Oscars for advertising. AAF "presents the industry with its future leaders" and "honors advertising excellence." EmilyVan Hoff'11 won her second Silver Addy for the Steelcase Foundation Annual Report. Of course, we thought that it should get best of show. BTW: Emily started creating this cut paper type when she was a junior. If you want to know about her process, here's her blog.

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