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

Professor Bakker's Galesburg Portrait Project opens in Galesburg

Spring 2016

Professor John Bakker spent his sabbatical as the Knox College Fall 2015 Artist-in-Residence painting portraits of nearly 400 people in the town of Galesburg. Portraits included city councilmen as well as homeless people. Bakker is interested in the way a hand made portrait brings a unique meaning, attention, and dignity to individuals. You can see the project at johnbakker.info or at the Project's Facebook page.


Professor Ryan Thompson shows in Munich

Winter 2015

Echo of Untouched Matter opened January 14, 2016 at Lothringer 13Kunsthalle in Munich featuring work by Atsushi Wada, Jason Fulford, Katrin Petroschkat, Shimabuku, Ulrich Gebert and Trinity's own Ryan Thompson. The work consisted of photographs of rocks stolen from the Petrified Forest National Park accompanied by remorseful letters from people returning them.This work was collected in Thompson's 2014 book, Bad Luck Hot Rocks which was reviewed in the New Yorker and elsewhere.


The Department of Art and Design welcomes Dr. Jinsook Kim

Fall 2015

Dr. Kim has more than 20 years communication design experience, engaging with both traditional and new media. She is interested in translating and extending two-dimensional visual literacy into ‘time’ for screen-based media. Kim developed an applied theory, Motion Gestalt for her doctorate. Prior to joining Trinity, Kim worked for Jacksonville State University in Alabama teaching graduate courses in design and at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, teaching communication design courses with an emphasis on motion graphics. She holds a Ph.D. in Design from IIT Institute of Design in Chicago.


Three New Programs in Fall 2015!
BFA's in Art, Design, BA in Digital Design

Spring 2015

The Art Department will add three new programs to its offerings Fall 2015. First are Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in studio art and graphic design. These two professional programs include nearly an entire year of work in a student's area of specialization. Second, the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design combines courses in design, computer science, business and communication arts to prepare students to design applications and interfaces for phones and tablets. This field is growing at three times the national average according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Check here for descriptions.

Designer Emily Van Hoff '11 makes Harper Bazaar's UK Hotlist.

Spring 2015

Emily Van Hoff '11 is at it again. Her passion for typography has extended to a set of handlettered greeting cards and more. Harper's UK picked them up here's the link. For more of Emily's brilliant work here's her website. See for yourself what one award laden Trinity grad is up to.

Bakker @ Christians in the Visual Arts

Spring 2015

Professor John Bakker presented at CIVA's Biennial Conference. The conference title, Between Two Worlds, Contemporary Art and the Church, explored the fraught interaction between the worlds of the church and serious art. The conversation has extended in both directions from the artworld discussing the (strange) place of religion in contemprary art to CIVA's consideration of what kinds of dialogue are possible. Ben Quash, a professor of Theological Aesthetics at Cambrdge's King's College, London, posted this short video ahead of conference.

Browning in Midwest Juried Exhibiton

Spring 2015

Professor Ellen Brownings print series, Meaningful?, was included a Midwest juried exhibtion at the Anderson Center for the Arts, Anderson Indiana. Her work continues to explore the use of woodtype from the Hamilton Type Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Thompson @ Chicago Artists Coalition

Spring 2015

Professor Ryan Thompson's exhibition, Reference Rot, exploring the work of IBM scientist Henry Vogel at the Chicago Artists Coalition Gallery in Chicago's West Loop Gallery District is the culmination of a prestigious HATCH Residency he was awarded last fall. "HATCH Projects is a year-long, juried incubator for contemporary Chicago artists and curators that strives to support an ecology of curatorial and artistic practice. HATCH fosters shared experimentation, exchange and creativity to produce ground-breaking exhibitions and programs."

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.

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.

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