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Studying art at Linfield

student portrait holding pride flag

three students painting on easels outdoorsThe faculty of the Department of Art guide our students through cycles of creation and critique.

We will encourage and enable you to develop your unique voice as a visual artist or as a digital designer. Our faculty will help you wed your curiosity and interests to a growing set of new skills, techniques, strategies and ideas for artistic activity. 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 as well as providing the technical and intellectual skills necessary 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.

A tradition in the art department, students build a wood structure and safely burn it at the end of the academic year in an event called "Built to Burn"The art department at a glance

Linfield's art department resides in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center (MFAC) on what's known as the Arts Quad of Linfield University. The facility offers you beautiful studios and creative workspaces.

The department offers courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, digital media, woodworking, welding and ceramics. Regularly offered visual studies and art history courses cover a range of topics including modern and contemporary art, the history of animation and digital art.

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

Stories of Art

Voices of Linfield

Aerial shot of Commencement in the Oak Grove.
Meghan Mullaly '23 posing with fellow Zeta Tau Alpha sorority member.
Aerial shot of Commencement in the Oak Grove.
From Small Town to Big Possibilities
Although Meghan Mullaly’s college path wasn’t clear from the start, everything seemed to fall into place once she arrived as a student on the Linfield University McMinnville Campus. Now, thanks to Linfield's opportunities and preparation, this small-town girl knows that she is prepared to do big things.
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. 

Contact us

For more information about studying art at Linfield, please feel free to contact our department chair. We look forward to connecting with you!

Brian Winkenweder
Department Chair and Professor
900 SE Baker St, Miller Fine Arts Center, Unit A466, McMinnville, OR 97128