UW-Marathon County art students enjoy ample studio spaces in two buildings to work in sculpture, ceramics, glass, drawing, painting, photography and digital imaging. The art department provides a wood shop, a welding area, a black and white darkroom, several kilns, a plaster room and a computer Mac lab.
Students are encouraged to develop traditional skills in oil painting, life drawing and ceramics; they are challenged to experiment in multi-media, glass, installation work, conceptual work and digital animation.
Annually, painting and drawing and sculpture students exhibit their work in the Ahrnsbrak Room art gallery and other areas throughout campus. Students benefit from working closely with visiting artists, including Carlos Salgado from Brooklyn-based Scrapile, Oregon State University Professor Miles Inada, known for his graphic novel and animation skills.
The art department’s community engagement efforts give students the opportunity to work in area elementary schools, art venues such as the Center for Visual Arts and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and in parks and wildlife areas such as Robert W. Monk Gardens.