Art is a universal language that transcends both time and culture. It can be provocative and challenging, requiring us to examine our existing norms and beliefs. Art draws us in and inspires us, reminds us of our humanity and teaches us about ourselves. Through deeply personal expression, artists invite us to think in original ways and consider the world from a different perspective.

“Have a plan. Do what you love. Don't stop fighting for your goals.”
— Saraina Adam '18

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About the Art major

Art is a way to think, act and communicate—a means of personal expression, as well as of participating in a larger conversation with both the past and contemporary culture. In Carroll University’s art program, you’ll explore the relationship between the worlds of intellect and imagination. You’ll learn to develop and nurture a creative process that moves your work and ideas into unexpected and exciting directions. Carroll's art curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and prepares its graduates for a lifelong journey of art making and art appreciation that insists on engagement with the ideas of our times and on personal growth.

What can you do with an art major?

Our program focuses on both depth and breadth of knowledge. Our students are prepared for success in a variety of fields, including as professional artists, museum and gallery work, art therapy, book and magazine publishing, commercial art, teaching, architecture and design, graduate school and more. At Carroll, we study skill development in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography and you’ll be encouraged to bring your knowledge of other disciplines into your work. Our emphasis quickly turns to content, challenging you to think more deeply about the nature of your work, ideas and influences. You’ll have the advantage of studying in small classes with faculty who are working artists.

Our spaces include several large studios, the campus gallery, student exhibition areas, an art library and three MAC computer labs. Our students gain experience outside the classroom through participating in internships and have an opportunity in their senior year to exhibit in a professional gallery in the media of their choice. You’ll leave Carroll prepared with a career-ready portfolio.


Emphases / Minor

Art majors are required to choose one of the following emphases. In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in art that complements many areas of study. 


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Donna Lexa Community Art Center 
  • Waukesha Historical Society and Museum 
  • Milwaukee Art Museum 
  • Kohler Art Center
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

Latest Program News

Artist in residence returns to begin phase two of year long interdisciplinary project

Saskia de Rooy, Carroll's artist in residence for 2017-2018, has returned to Carroll to begin the second phase of (in)sight: a portrait project.

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Carroll University student receives prestigious scholarship for study abroad

Art major Sarah Honaker has been selected as one of nearly 1,000 American undergraduate students nationwide to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

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Meet the Faculty

Amy Cropper, MFA

Amy Cropper, MFA

Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts
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Peggy Thurston Farrell, MFA

Associate Professor of Art
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Philip Krejcarek

Professor of Art
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Pacia Sallomi

Professor of Art

Spring 2018 Adjunct Faculty

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