Art asks us to focus on technical, aesthetic, and critical themes. It invokes response, recalls emotions, draws on memory, and encourages us to act. When we exhibit ourselves through creativity, we incite motion in the mind and soul.

Why study Art at Sewanee?

At Sewanee, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from six different disciplines in the art program: digital arts, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and video. Study documentary, motion, color, material, landscape, and much more.

As an art student at Sewanee, you’ll finish the major with a comprehensive examination that includes the preparation and presentation of a portfolio, participation in a senior exhibition, writing a thesis paper, and undergoing a defense of the portfolio and thesis.

First Destinations: Art Majors

Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs.

  • Therapeutic childhood specialist, Helping Hands Home for Children, Austin, Texas.
  • Editorial assistant, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Director of advanced media, South Kent School, South Kent, Connecticut.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • M.A. in clinical mental health counseling, Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas.
  • J.D. Samford University Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama.

Students with exceptional promise in performing or studio arts can apply for a Fellowship in the Arts. These fellowships range in value and are renewable for four years.

A Sampling of Courses


Programs of Study & Related Programs

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Art

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Art HistoryWebsite

Requirements for the Minor in Film Studies | Website

Meet some professors


Jessica Wohl
Associate Professor of Art; chair of Art, Art history, and visual studies

Studio Art Building 109, Ext. 1256

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