Art Department

By graduation, most art majors are already employed.

Art is one of the greatest forms of self-expression. Discover your potential at Bethel College.


Majors and Minors

art education major

Art Education major: 121-125 credits

Delve into drawing, art history, three-dimensional design, ceramics, painting and photography. Everything you need to be an art teacher.

No minor available

Art Education Details

graphic design major

Graphic Design major: 120 credits

Learn about fine art and then use it to design print pieces in areas like advertising and marketing. You will also work on basic web design projects and learn about typography .

Graphic Design minor: 18 credits

Graphic Design Details

studio arts major

Studio Arts major: 120 credits

Explore your artistic gifts and prepare for a career in a museum or gallery, in retail, mission work, or fine arts. This degree lays a foundation for graduate work or specialized training.

Studio Arts minor: 18 credits

Studio Arts Details

Alumni Stories

Hannah Reinke

Hannah Reinke '16: Graphic Design major

"As a Bethel alumna, I have found a new appreciation for the classes I took and those that helped me to be the best version of myself.  I am able to use the skills I acquired from my classes in starting my photography business (Key Photography) and I can't wait to see where this journey takes me!"

Stacy Lamb

Stacy Lamb '15: Studio Arts major

"I learned that art was not merely an interest but actually my calling. God entrusted me with artistic ability to be humbly developed and joyfully expressed for His glory. As an Artist at Arts and Carafes Studios, I love being able to teach people how to paint. Most have never picked up a paint brush and by the end of the class they have created something they can be proud of."


Jessica Rupp '07, Studio Arts major

"We take the gifting that someone has in the arts and tap into it. It bypasses the mind and goes straight to the heart, using that gifting for His kingdom to bring people to Christ!" Read about Jessica's work with Operation Mobilization Arts International in Bethel Magazine (Fall 2015).

Gallery Events

weaver gallery

2016-2017 Gallery Exhibits

art imageAll events are in the Everest-Rohrer Chapel/Fine Arts Center. Gallery is open most days, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.  Call in advance (574.807.7022) to confirm.

10th Annual Juried Student Art Show

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.

Feb. 10 – March 18, 2017

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Entry Deadline: Feb. 2, 2017, call 574.807.7022 (Entry Deadline: Jan. 18, if printing in the Art Center)

All Bethel College students are encouraged to apply for the Annual Juried Art Show and the Gribbin Gallery of the Learning Commons. For application information, please email

Take a virtual tour of the Gribbin Gallery.

Senior Art Showcase 2017

Celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2017!

senior art showcase
Featuring artists Rachel Coad, Troy Phillips & Zachary T.

Opening Reception: Friday, March 24, 2017, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.

March 24 – April 29, 2017

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Staff & Faculty

Michael May teaches drawing, painting, 2D and 3D design as well as art history. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ball State University (2003) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Miami University (2010). He taught painting, color theory and 2D and 3D design at Columbus College of Art & Design.

Michael exhibits his work in solo, group and juried national and international exhibitions and is the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council's Individual Excellence Award for his outstanding accomplishments in painting. He was twice nominated for the Columbus College of Art & Design's Teaching Excellence award.

Jeffrey Combs received his M.F.A. in photography from the University of Michigan in 1997, his B.A. in photography from the University of Dayton in 1993, and is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop. He lives in South Bend, Ind., and teaches digital photography and electronic imaging at Bethel College and Ivy Tech Community College.

I have always been drawn to innovative processes of image making and to new visual experience. I create dimensional lenticular constructs as interactive spaces in which the boundaries of the static picture plane are broken and transformed, and which contain continuously changing light, atmospheres and movement.”

Angela Boembeke is an adjunct professor of graphic design. She has a Bachelor of Arts (major in graphic design, cognate in business, from Anderson University, 1989) and an MBA (Indiana Wesleyan University, 1995).

She is involved in the community, serving as the program chair for the Visual Communication Arts & Design Division at Ivy Tech Community College where she teaches graphic design, special projects, portfolio and business practices. Angela is also a board member for the Michiana Ad Club of the Advertising Federation Association.