Studio Art

Student works with paint and screen

Love art? Want to explore it deeper? Our studio art program prepares you for a range of careers and graduate study in the visual arts. Unique to St. Kate's is our commitment to women's education and the liberal arts. Over the past century, we've inspired many women artists, designers and art educators to take risks and be innovative.

Specialty areas

Studio art majors specialize in one or more areas, including painting, photography, graphic design and sculpture. We require art history courses so you gain a broader understanding of the contributions of art to society. Our studio art students also visit local art museums with art history faculty.

Exceptional facilities

Our campus resources include a state-of-the-art computer lab for executing graphic design and creating digital images; photography darkrooms; sculpture studios for working in wood, metal, ceramics and jewelry; and painting, drawing and printmaking studios.

Student-artist supporter

Each year, St. Kate's buys one student artwork from the Senior Juried Art Show for its permanent collection and displays it in Coeur de Catherine, the student center.

Accessible faculty experts

Our faculty are mentors, too. They collaborate with you to develop your strengths and review your portfolio during your sophomore and junior years. All are working artists, exhibiting professionally or speaking at national conferences. Professor Pat Olson, who's a founding member of The Women's Art Registry of Minnesota (WARM), also ran a graphic design firm for 25 years.

Visiting artists program

Each semester, we invite professional artists with distinctive skills and backgrounds for one-week residencies. These artists work closely with you to further develop your technique. Past visitors include Wales sculptor Harvey Hood, Indian artist Indira Freitas Johnson and New York art historian Amy Herman.

Vibrant arts scene

Minnesota is home to nearly 20,000 artists, according to the state arts board, and The Atlantic magazine ranked the Twin Cities fifth in "Creative Density" in 2010. Our cultural icons include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center, both minutes from St. Kate's. On campus, our Catherine G. Murphy Gallery is known for showcasing women-centered arts.