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: 120 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


Zachary Nelson '17


Jeremie Riggleman '00: Assistant Professor of Art at Taylor University

Jeremie Riggleman

"Conversations and critiques with art faculty at Bethel piqued my interest in graduate school and in seeking professorship."

(BA Studio Art, Bethel College;; MFA Azusa Pacific University '15)

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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.”

Kari Stieglitz Black is an adjunct professor of ceramics teaching hand-building, sculpture and wheel throwing. In addition to teaching at Bethel, Kari has been an instructor at the South Bend Museum of Art since 2005.

Black holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ball State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing , Painting, Sculpture and Art History.Kari is serving her second term as President of The Northern Indiana Artists.

She also serves on the board of directors for the South Bend Museum of Art, as well as the board for the Friends of the Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame, where she is serving as Treasurer. She is a Signature Member of the Hoosier Salon. She also holds memberships in The Indiana Artists, The Northern Indiana Artists, and The Northern Indiana Pastel Society.

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.



Chad Eric Jay has taught foundation level fine art, digital and print media graphic design. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design (1995) and his Master of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from University of Cincinnati (1997). His experience is comprised of all levels of drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, digital imaging, page layout, prepress, and interactive web design classes. 

In addition to being an exhibiting fine artist, he has worked as a Gallery Director, Museum Preparator, Museum Education Coordinator, Art Director, Conceptual Designer, and Freelance Graphic Designer.