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You see

  • the world in colors, shapes, textures and patterns 
  • the ways art expresses beauty, reflects history and comments on society
  • how art gives outlets for emotion and creativity

Many facets

The study of art at Bethel College means

  • you’ll both analyze and create art
  • you’ll learn art history and how art has been a voice for social justice
  • you’ll be exposed to, and you’ll practice, multiple media – painting, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, sculpture, photography, crafts, graphic design – to give you a broad education while helping focus your own artistic passion.

Small is beautiful

When it comes to studying art at Bethel, that means

  • a low student-to-faculty ratio that ensures your teachers know you, your interests and your goals
  • being able to show your work in the Regier Art Gallery, in the annual Student Show as well as a senior show if art is your major
  • opportunities for hands-on experience – for example, graphic design students will work on projects for the college and local community clients
  • a general education/liberal arts curriculum that equips you to speak, write and communicate well, giving you an edge in applying for jobs or graduate school

And then there’s Italy

Every four years, Bethel offers Selected Topics in Art History, which concludes with a study-abroad trip. Weekly lectures during the semester cover a particular time period – for example, the Italian Renaissance – focusing on history, religion, politics, society and, of course, the artists. Then for 15 days, the class travels throughout Italy – stepping back in time to tour the streets, and see the artwork, of Milan, Verona, Venice, Florence, Siena and Rome.

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The art curriculum is designed to give students the chance to develop skills in a number of different artistic media, including painting, printmaking, ceramics, drawing, watercolor, sculpture, photography and crafts. During their senior year, art students arrange their own shows for public display in the Robert W. Regier Gallery in the Luyken Fine Arts Center.

Study abroad

Every four years, the Department of Art offers Selected Topics in Art History (ART435), which concludes with a study-abroad trip, most recently in 2019. The focus is on the Italian Renaissance (one of the cornerstones of Western civilization), and on investigating major artistic traditions in greater depth than is possible in art history survey courses. Weekly lectures during the semester leading up to the trip explore the time period, its religious and political atmosphere and, of course, its artists. Then for 15 days, class participants travel throughout Italy – stepping back in time to tour the streets of Milan, Verona, Venice, Florence, Siena and Rome, as well as to view works created by Giotto, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael and others. The course grade is based on a written term paper or creative project and a daily travel journal or sketchbook.

Bethel art graduates have presented themselves well at job interviews and have succeeded in a wide variety of occupations, from floral arranging to faux painting. They have a broad visual art and liberal arts background and are flexible in adapting to expectations in the wider job market. One alumnus with a B.A. in art (painting) was hired to design the painting of aircraft exteriors at Cessna. Another was recently admitted to the University of Kansas School of Architecture master’s program, successfully competing with graduates of other colleges and universities with a more focused B.F.A. degree. Bethel students apply a strong work ethic to the sound education they receive and can go far in all sorts of career directions.

Post-graduate careers include:

  • graphic design
  • pottery
  • architecture
  • book illustration
  • professional photography

Notable Alumni

Section in process.
Major requirements for Art:
38 hours (including 9 hours in art history) and participation in senior art exhibit.
Major requirements for Art teacher licensure:
additional 12 hours (including 4-credit-hour Teaching the Expressive Arts) plus completion of General Education requirements for teacher licensure and professional education requirements.
Minor requirements for Art:
19 hours (including 3 hours in art history)

Rachel Epp Buller

Professor of visual arts and design / Chair of faculty / Director of Regier Art Gallery

David Long

Professor and chair of visual arts and design

Mission Statement

Bethel College prepares students for meaningful lives of work and service through faith formation, the liberal arts, and practical experience in career pathways.