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.

“My (study abroad semester) was a wonderful opportunity for personal and educational growth.”

— Natalie Lange '20

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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?

Carroll’s art majors are prepared for success in a variety of fields including art therapy graduate programs, art education, arts management, museum/ gallery work, and fine or commercial artist.  

Our program focuses on both depth and breadth of knowledge. Students develop skills in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography.  Students are also encouraged to bring knowledge of other disciplines into their work as they are challenged to think deeply about the content of their work and its influences. Students have the advantage of studying in small classes with faculty who are working artists.   

Our facilities include large studio classrooms, two campus galleries, student exhibition spaces, and three MAC computer labs. Our students gain experience outside the classroom through participation in internships.  Senior year students host an exhibition of their recent work in Carroll’s professional gallery in the media of their choice. All art majors leave Carroll 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 Art Centers
  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center
  • Milwaukee Art Museum 
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
  • Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum
  • Avalon Senior Living Facility 
  • Otto’s Art Academy 



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.

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Latest Program News

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Jane Hamilton '74 witnessed the impact of scholarships while a student at Carroll by seeing how it helped a friend fund her education. Those memories later motivated Jane to give back to current students by establishing the Hamilton Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship for students in the arts.

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“My goal is to become a high school ceramics teacher.”

— Alex Olson '19

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Meet the Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

  • Elaine Bohannon | Art History
  • Max Sorenson | Photo and Design
  • Michael Imes | Ceramics
  • Peter Loose | Ceramics
  • Charlene Nemec-Kessel | Drawing
  • Paul Moran | Design
  • Paula Sperhert | Art Metals
  • James Slauson | Art History

The Arts Are Aliveat Carroll University

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