Choosing an art school:

Pick a school where the art is: NYC, LA, Chicago.

You want to be in a place where you can see people actually doing what you want to do. There are only a handful of cities across the globe that can support an art scene. In the US the primary cities are NYC, LA and Chicago. Chicago's art sceneis Trinity's primary textbook. You'll meet designers, artists, dealers, critics, collectors and curators whomake up the art world in their studios, galleries and museums.

Are the faculty practising artists?

Study with professors who are real artists because their knowledge will be up to date. Since they have been successful, they can help you make the connections you need.

Trinity's fine art faculty are currently showing work in Chicago's gallery district and museums. They are in major private and public collections. Our design faculty has work published in Print Magazine's Annual, a review of the best design in the Midwest region.

Ask who they show in their gallery.

At Trinity, you will meet a mix of internationally known and emerging artists on campus through our gallery and visiting artist programs: Tim Rollins, Conrad Bakker, David Klamen, Ed Knippers, designer Chad Kouri, critic James Yood, et al. To see recent visiting artists and speakers, click here.

Look at the facilities.

Facilities support the processes you want to learn. Trinity's new Art and Communication Center opened in 2008. It has 44,000 sq. ft. of art studios and theatre space. In fact, our upperclass students have their own studio spaces.

upper class studio spaces


If you want a Christian college

Because our culture uses images to tell us what to do and what to believe, it's critical that Christians become expert in art, design and art education. That means you need to pick a school whose theology supports cultural engagement rather than being suspicious of it. As the writer, Nathan Bierma, put it, culture means taking nature and making it better: sounds into music, rocks into architecture, pixels into photographs. Trinity's theology asserts that obedience is what happens when you step out of the church and start shaping culture.

The best measure: student energy and alumni success

Look for signs that students work on their own outside the classroom. You learn from that kind of energy. Ask the schools you visit if there is a student gallery, a student design organization, if students get off campus to see professionals in action?

Our fine art graduates: In the Spring 08, one of our fine artists was 1 of 12 chosen out of 300 applicants for an apprenticeship with the Sol Lewitt Studio. Sam McCune reports that during the interview a faculty member from Yale said, "You're from Trinity on the South side? There's good work coming out of that program." It's true. Our fine art students have gotten into some the best graduate programs in the country including Cranbrook and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Our design graduates are winning regional, national and international awards. In the summer of '09, Chris Kloet, '92, now a vice president for art direction at DraftFCB, won a Bronze Lion at the 2009 Cannes International Media Festival, in Cannes, France. Chris Scott, '07 got a job with Draft FCB and then moved to Leo Burnett, two of the largest advertising firms in the country. The accounts he's worked on include the Chicago Bulls, One Laptop per Child, Gatorade and more. In 2011, 80% of design grads got jobs in the field. he recently started his own company, colorandstory. His work for the Isinglass Theatre in Chicago was featured in √Čtape, a Paris review of visual culture and design.

Our art education graduates help children to understand the visual and media world. The art educator, Edmund Burke Feldman, pointed out that visual media have become an extension of literacy. Our graduates are teaching in elementary, middle and high schools across the Midwest.

You can see a partial list of our graduates here.