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Studying art at Linfield

student in the fine art center

The faculty members of the Department of Art provide you with technical, historical and philosophical instruction in the visual arts. You may elect to major or minor in studio art, major in digital art or minor in visual studies.

We are committed to instilling visual and conceptual literacy and providing the technical and intellectual skills necessary as a foundation for a wide variety of careers in the fine and applied arts. A major goal of the faculty, as practicing artists and scholars, is to impart an understanding of the lifelong vitality of artistic development and practice.

The art department at a glance

Linfield's art department resides in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Keck Campus of Linfield University. This facility offers you beautiful studios and workspaces.

The department offers courses in foundations, drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, alternative and electronic media, sculpture, ceramics and ceramic sculpture. Regularly offered art history courses cover a range of topics including non-Western visual cultures, modern and postmodern art, and the history of photography.

The department also has several non-traditional studio offerings, such as a course in alternative media, which deals with performance art, conceptual art and video. Additional studio offerings include electronic media and digital photography.

Most of our courses satisfy the Linfield Curriculum's creative studies requirement, and several of the art history courses also satisfy the Vital Past, American Pluralisms and Global Diversity requirements.

Stories of Art

Voices of Linfield

Fractured Versions of Self art by Sabrina Coleman-Pinheiro '12
Sabrina Coleman-Pinheiro '12
Fractured Versions of Self art by Sabrina Coleman-Pinheiro '12
Art From Within
Linfield alumni and celebrated artist Sabrina Coleman-Pinheiro '12 creates pieces about mental health issues and their stigma. Her work represents real and prevalent issues that everyone faces internally each day in an attempt to help people feel understood and seen. 
Linfield University Miller Fine Arts Center
Caroline Hall's art installation
Linfield University Miller Fine Arts Center
Creating Community
For many during the pandemic, art has been a consistent way to pass the time. For three Linfield University seniors, visual and sculptural art has been a part of their life for as long as they can remember.
Natalie's wine label art work
Nathaly Sanchez '21
Natalie's wine label art work
Capturing a Feeling
“As a senior, I could not have pictured myself leaving Linfield University with an accomplishment like this,” Nathaly said. “I know it will serve its purpose well, and on account of that, I feel grateful and proud.”