Express Yourself

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or minor in Art is ideal for those students who wish to nurture and grow the artist within while preparing for a successful career.

Capturing emotions and expressions visually is the skill and job of the visual artist. Olivet’s knowledgeable faculty help students develop means of expression as they learn the variety of techniques. Students study the history of art and the work of noted artists, and explore the abstract, representational, experimental and conceptual facets of drawing, illustration and painting.

Art Students:

  • Review portfolio with art professors
  • Choose a complimentary minor, like marketing, or communications
  • Create and showcase an exhibit of their artwork
  • Work in the studio classes and individually
  • Learn from professors who are also working artists

Digital Graphics

Learn more about the world of digital art with a Digital Graphics concentration. Experiment with digital collage, photo painting, digital painting, graphic illustrations and more. 

Studio Art

With a Studio Art concentration, find the freedom to work in a variety of media – pen and ink, charcoal, pastels. Discover the nuances of shapes, perspective and color theory. Develop your skills with figures, still life and gesture drawing. 


Pursue a Painting concentration, and delve into color mixing and composition. Create in oils, acrylics and watercolors — on canvas and a multitude of other surfaces.


A Photography concentration gives you the opportunity to sharpen your skills with still and video cameras, lenses, lighting and software.

Study Abroad

Expand your knowledge and deepen your understand of other countries and cultures.

Best Semester

Art Scholarship

We encourage every intended Art Major student to apply for a Freshman Art Scholarship. Get rewarded for your talent!

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Chicago's Arts Community Next Door

Gallery Row, Art Institute of Chicago, and the many other galleries and venues of our country’s third largest city are just an hour away.

Technology Toolbox

Apple MacBook Pro computers and iPad technology bring students into the world of professional art and graphic design. Production computers turn digital imaging into television. The on-site digital photography studio and dark room for traditional film development and modern techniques for manipulating images are for students’ creative pursuits.

Gallery Space on Campus

Students design and deliver their own art shows, professionally lighted and displayed, in the lobby of Strickler Planetarium and the Brandenburg Art Gallery. The Victorian House Art Gallery regularly features exhibits from visiting artists and is open to Olivet students and the community.

Meet the Faculty

An internationally acclaimed watercolorist, Bill Greiner has displayed his work at the Agora Gallery in New York City’s Chelsea art district and at Yale Divinity School, among many other exhibitions. You can see his work at @b.greiner on Instagram. In his art framing business, he framed for Christian singer Amy Grant, artist Peter Max and the James Bond collections. He has personally framed for five of the seven Bonds. He also enjoys doing art consulting work and art appraisals for estates, collections and businesses.

Art and Digital Media Faculty

Careers in Art and Digital Media:

Animator, Graphic artist, Photographer, International photojournalist, Graphic designer, Printing executive, Art teacher or professor, Illustrator, Freelance graphic artist, Art therapist

Art with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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