University of Southern Indiana
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Studio Art

Why study Studio Art?

The Studio emphasis immerses students in the creation and understanding of artworks. Students can choose to concentrate in ceramics, drawing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, sculpture, or woodworking. Each area focuses on teaching critical thinking skills, crafting tangible objects (both functional and non-functional), and offers concrete skills in professional practice. The curriculum also allows for cross-disciplinary exploration and collaborative work, which ultimately make students better artists and visual communicators.

Your Studio Art major will prepare you for employment or graduate school.

USI Studio Art alumni have built careers in a variety of areas, including:

  • Matthew Gehring ‘98 is an Assistant Professor of Art, Sculpture and Three-Dimensional Design at SUNY Suffolk. 
  • Shannon Corrigan ‘91 directed the Emmanuel Gallery, a tri-institutional campus exhibition space in Denver, CO from 2005-2014.  She is currently a Non-Profit Arts Professional in Tampa / St. Petersburg, FL.
  • Brock Flamion ‘08 & Lisa Booe ’08 are ceramics alums who run a successful pottery studio in Asheville, NC.
  • Ben T. Clarkson ‘09 is a wood/ceramics alumnus who is now a woodworker / designer at Three Tree Studio in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Donald Stahlke ‘92 received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) award.  He has been a resident at the Kohler Arts Program for Ceramics and at Long Island University’s summer Program for Painting and Printmaking.  He exhibits nationally, and is an Exceptional Needs Instructor at Franklin School of Innovation, Chicago, IL.
  • Nick Jay ‘13 is a wood alumnus who became a successful designer/fabricator at 1220 Exhibits in Nashville, TN.
  • Heather DeLonga ‘09 is a wood alumna represented by the Bronx Zoo Gallery, NY and by Revolver SF in San Francisco, CA.
  • Ben Sutter ‘09, Wood/Sculpture, alumnus is a successful independent artist who has several large-scale public commissions in Indiana.
  • Jonathon Goebel ’00 is a printmaker and Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, HI.
  • Hyeryun Park ‘11 is an Office Operations manager at the Guna Foundation, a non-profit documentary film studio in Berkeley, CA..
  • Laura Walker ‘05 is the Federal Programs Project Coordinator for the city of Salem, Oregon.
  • Melanie Scott Dockery ‘97 is an exhibiting painter and Adjunct Art Faculty member at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL.
  • Sara Rapee ’06 owns and manages her own jewelry business, Sara Rapee Designs.
  • Hannah Bailey ‘11 is the Gallery Curator at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY.
  • Sarah Rhoades ’06 M‘11 is Assistant Director of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art and owns her own jewelry business, S.K. Rhoades Design.
  • Liz Furhman-Bragg ’01 is Registrar of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science.
  • Kyle Fitzgerald ‘10 is a chef at Ocean Prime in Indianapolis and a practicing artist.
  • Nick Mason ’08 owns and operates his own pottery business, selling his work regionally, nationally, and through the American Craft Council Wholesale Show.

USI Studio Art alumni have been accepted to top tier graduate schools including:

  • Pratt Institute
  • Parsons the New School for Design
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Clemson University
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston-Tufts
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • California College of Art
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Delaware
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University
  • Eastern Carolina University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Purdue University
  • Washington University of Saint Louis
  • DePaul University
  • University of Louisville
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Your Studio Art major will prepare you for employment and/or creative research with the following skills:

  • Foundational skills in your chosen media
  • The ability to critically observe/evaluate your own work and the work of others
  • Digital portfolio preparation
  • Knowledge of how to submit artworks for juried exhibitions/grants/residencies
  • Organizational and writing skills
  • Verbal presentation skills including timed presentations with the use of appropriate images
  • Assisting professional artists with installation and realization of artworks through our art gallery, and through our public art program (Sculpt EVV)
  • The opportunity to be involved in community art related activities through programs such as Empty Bowls and Sculpt EVV
  • Skills in the use of contemporary tools and equipment for your area of concentration. Equipment in each studio is detailed on the facilities page.

Potential careers in Studio Art include:

  • Advertising Artist
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Instructor
  • Art Therapist
  • Billboard Artist
  • Book Designer
  • Book Jacket Designer
  • CAD Designer
  • Cartoonist
  • CD/Record Cover Designer
  • Children's Book Illustrator
  • Collection Manager
  • Comic Strip Artist
  • Corporate Designer
  • Custom Decorator
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Editorial Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Flatware Designer
  • Floral Designer
  • Freelance Artist
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Director
  • Greeting Card Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Installation Artist/Consultant
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Letterer
  • Manager (Museum/Gallery)
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Museum Curator
  • Package Designer
  • Painter
  • Patina Artist
  • Picture Framer
  • Portrait Artist
  • Potter
  • Public Art Manager
  • Production Artist
  • Production Potter
  • Production Coordinator
  • Professor of Art
  • Prop stylist
  • Sculptor
  • Sculpture and Art Repair/Restoration
  • Set Designer
  • Stylist
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Textile Designer
  • Sculpture Fabricator
  • Woodworker

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