Studio Art

At BVU the experience and practice of the visual arts is an interdisciplinary pursuit. Within the Art Studio major, the areas offered are art history, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, drawing and design. All studio courses involve hands-on experience taught by faculty members who are professional artists.


Imagination and Skill

Join a dynamic creative learning community with intimate sized studio classes, an active studio environment, and a focused outcomes-based curriculum. The faculty are practicing artists that regularly model and communicate the compelling demands and rewards of creative study. Solid preparation in technical skill, concept-based decision making, communication skills, and professional portfolios. Students emerge from the program as well-rounded, successful individuals who are prepare for careers in art, design and/or graduate school.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers as:

  • Artist-in-Residence
  • Professional Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Professor
  • Master Printer
  • Arts Administrator


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Creative Spaces Abound

Our students take advantage of it all!

Join us and call the art studios your home away from home! The dedicated studios are large, contemporary, and versatile. Here is a taste of what our students get to experience in our studios:

  •  Metal Shop - MIG, TIG, ARC, and oxy-acetylene welders, a plasma cutter, dry cut saws, band saw, and sand blasting.
  •  Ceramics – Mixing clay, formulating and applying glazes, kiln firing, electric and kick wheels, plus extruders and slab rollers.
  •  Woodshop - Band saw, table saw, panel saw, radial arm saw, sliding compound miter saw, lathe, laser drill press, sanding station, and many hand tools.
  •  Painting – flexible space with many easels and taborets along with custom mixing of pigments for oil, acrylic, and encaustic paints.
  •  Printmaking - four high-end intaglio and lithograph presses, including lithography stones.
  •  Mac Lab - Mac computers with large monitors, loaded with the most recent version of Adobe CS, several digital scanners, color laser printers, large format printers, and an archival printer.
  •  Gallery Spaces – Two different gallery spaces with customizable lighting and digital projection capabilities.
A Life in Art

The median annual wage for independent artists, writers and performers was $52,060 in May 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Creative and Investigative

The Studio Art major enriches the learning experience with a critical understanding of making art while investigating a variety of visual media.

Fine Arts Award

Each year a Fine Arts Award is presented to a student for outstanding work in fine art. The award purchases a work by the artist for the BVU art collection.


  •  New York Artist Karen Gunderson
  •  Iowa Arts Council
  •  Hank Goodman Stoneware
  •  Des Moines Art Center
  •  Planet Hollywood

Graduate School

  •  Art Institute of Chicago
  •  Minnesota College of Art & Design
  •  University of South Carolina
  •  Washington State University
  •  Wichita State University

Dedicated Career Help

Interest discovery, application assistance, internship/job connections and more.

Major in Studio Art (51 Credit Hours)
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Minor in Studio Art (21 Credit Hours)
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Art Faculty

Mr. David Boelter
Professor of Art
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Mary Mello-Nee
Ms. Mary Mello-Nee
Professor of Art
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