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Department of Art & Digital Media

Creative Space to Grow

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Education that Inspires and Equips Students to Become Lifelong Practitioners

Through classes, critiques and conversations, students work through their artistic struggles to achieve success. With a variety of concentrations, students get hands-on experience and learn how to sharpen their abilities in various forms of art.

Olivet offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.), which allows students more breadth and depth within our department and prepares students for life after graduation. In addition, Olivet has a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) which requires less hours and is a great option for students interested in a double major.

“Art has a way of reaching those who may feel unreachable.”

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Galleries on Campus

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Art Galleries and Exhibits

Olivet Offers Opportunities to Showcase Artwork

The Victorian House Art Gallery regularly features exhibits from visiting artists and is open to Olivet students and the community.

Additionally, students’ work is professionally lighted and displayed, in the Weber Center Gallery, Sims Main Gallery, Sims Entrance Gallery and the lobby of Strickler Planetarium.

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Mission Statement

The Department of Art and Digital Media at Olivet Nazarene University endeavors to provide a rigorous visual arts education that inspires and equips students to become lifelong practitioners of the visual arts. Rooted in a Christian worldview, we strive to prepare students for creative professional service, fostering collaborative thinking within our global society.

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Faculty Spotlight

Jon Seals

Chair, Art and Digital Media

Jon Seals is a multifaceted artist, educator, and curator with over 18 years of experience in the fields of art history, painting, drawing, curating, and teaching. He holds a M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied the intersections of religion and visual culture, and a M.F.A. in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, where he developed his conceptual and technical skills as a painter. As the Department Chair, Galleries Director, and Associate Professor of Art and Digital Media at Olivet Nazarene University, he leads the academic and administrative functions of the department, oversees the exhibition programming of the Victorian House Gallery and other campus venues, and teaches courses in studio art. 

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More for Students

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Literary and Art Magazine

TYGR, the student art and literary magazine published each academic year, is dedicated to cultivating individual perceptions of the elements that make up our world. Written and published by students with faculty advisors, this magazine brings together a unique collection of the elements of Olivet’s creativity.

Learn More About TYGR

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Apple awarded ONU their Apple Distinguished Award for 2019-2022, with a focus on Art & Digital Media’s creative use of the iPad, MacBook Pro, and various Apple and third-party applications throughout our program. Within the Art & Digital Media Department, we have requirements for PC and Apple MacBooks in order to handle the necessary programs within the Art Industry. Students are recommended to purchase MacBook Pro laptops, available for purchase through the university purchase programs with Apple.

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Ineffable Manifestations

Olivet Nazarene University faculty members Jon Seals ’03 and Bill Greiner presented original artwork in the Miller Hall Inaugural Art Exhibition “Ineffable Manifestations” at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, Connecticut in summer 2019. The exhibition celebrated the opening of Miller Hall and the Institute of Sacred Music’s dedicated support of the arts.

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