Mission Statement

God’s gift of vision is neither incidental nor neutral. Vision shapes and is shaped by our understanding of the world. In Western culture, visual imagery has once again become a primary medium for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of its values. From paintings and photographs to Facebook and YouTube, this trend is intensifying. Developing and redeeming this visual discussion is the essence of both a Reformed worldview and the art department’s area of responsibility in the College’s mission. The Art Department sees its scholarship and teaching as two means to the same end, i.e., participating in the public square through the venues provided in fine art and design in order to unfold visual experience and influence the culture toward God’s gentle rule.

Founding faculty member and Seerveld Gallery' namesake speaks at the gallery dedication.

Goals for art programming

Goal 1: Trinity's Art Department uses the natural advantage of our unique location —we are situated in one of a handful of cities with an internationally recognized art scene— and our professionally active faculty as a platform to support and model Reformed Christian participation in the visual arts. We do this by providing faculty and students time, space and equipment to produce work and exhibit on and off campus.

Goal 2: Trinity's Art Department provides an intersection between the art world and the Reformed community by maintaining a professional gallery, a student gallery program and a visiting artist program.

jenae Van Engen's analysis of the construction of identity for 20th century women

Goal 3: Trinity's Art Department equips students for the prophetic role that fine artists play and in which designers may participate in this culture’s struggle to define itself.
1: We prepare art studio majors for graduate school by providing a course of study which introduces students to studio practices, histories and theories that make up the discipline. Students create objects or situations which contain nuanced references to the history of art and art theory, as well as ideas beyond the discipline of art.
2: We provide a design concentration within the studio major which prepares interested students for entrance to the design and advertising world by providing a course of study which will help them master entry level skills to the design and advertising market.

Goal 4: Trinity's Art Department equips art education students to orient elementary and secondary students to an exuberantly visual culture. The department's goal is to create a community that is capable of knowedgably engaging visual culture and thereby sustaining its artists and designers.

In conclusion

Trinity's BA programs give students broadly flexible knowledge in studio art. A significant percentage of our students have used that knowledge to pursue graduate school, careers in the fine arts and careers in design or advertising. The program in art education helps candidates earn an Illinois K-12 teaching certificate in art. Here's a partial list of our successful graduates in all three programs.