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Studio Art Student Experience

Baker art students have a multitude of opportunities for involvement in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes allow you to get maximum interaction with classmates and professors. Art students participate in a variety of activities beyond the classroom.

Hands-On Experience

As a student of art at Baker, you will have ample opportunity to create. With studio art courses and studio space available to students, you will have a space to work in several media. With the opportunity to practice various media and techniques in and out of the classroom, you will grow not only academically but also artistically.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

The Student Art Exhibition offers you the opportunity to enter your work in a faculty-select competition. The goal of the Baker University Art Department is to provide all students with an exhibition opportunity and to encourage artistic expression and appreciation throughout the University.

Accomplished Faculty

As a student, you will have the opportunity to work with practicing artists. All faculty members are committed to their areas of expertise and show their work regionally, nationally and on the international level. The studio art faculty are committed to research and furthering their development as practicing artists and can often be found working alongside students in the art studios.

Baker Art Club

The Art Club provides art majors with the opportunity to meet fellow students interested in the arts and participate in a wide range of activities. The Art Club schedules regular trips to local museums and galleries, participates in Baldwin City's Maple Leaf Festival, invites speakers to campus, hosts movie nights and holds biweekly meetings that typically incorporate artistically themed activities.

Senior Exhibition

As part of your art curriculum, you will have the opportunity to plan and prepare your own show. This capstone course is an excellent way to demonstrate the knowledge and skill you’ve acquired through years of artistic development.

Permanent Collections

Through years of generous contributions and University acquisitions, Baker University has acquired a considerable collection of artwork, including unique and historically significant pieces from different media. This collection is displayed throughout campus and in the Holt-Russell Gallery and will soon be available for classes in a new art viewing room. The availability of art objects on campus allows students the opportunity to study, observe and work with influential art of various historical periods.

Holt-Russell Gallery

Housed in historic Parmenter Hall, Holt-Russell Gallery is a campus gallery that features art by students and faculty as well as local, national and international artists. Students can exhibit their work in the gallery in the annual juried student art show, and all studio art majors exhibit their work in their senior year.

Area Galleries & Museums

As an art student, it is important to see art whenever possible. Baker students have access to a number of art venues in the area. Whether it is a five-minute walk to local art fairs and galleries in Baldwin City, a short drive to nearby metropolitan centers including Lawrence, Kansas City and Topeka, or even a regional flight to Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, Denver or Oklahoma City, you can devote a few hours, an evening or a full weekend to seeing the art of the world in person.