Art studio with paintings on easel

College of Arts & Sciences

Studio Art

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Kathy Elliott

Department Assistant

Mass Media & Visual Arts

Creativity & Experimentation


The visual arts are among the oldest, most universal, and most fundamental expressions of human culture. Our studio art majors gain the tools to express themselves powerfully, artistically, and visually.

Students learn various media and techniques within each medium to find their niche. From there, students choose what to study more in depth, with ample opportunity to develop their skill in the studio. Small class sizes and personalized attention allow maximum learning opportunities.

Paint brushes
Professor Inge Balch working with male student in ceramics class
Professor Russ Horton with two female students hanging art work
One female student tossing a bottle of paint to another female student in art class

Exceptional Experience


See Art Firsthand

Baker students have access to a variety of art venues. Whether it is a five-minute walk to local art fairs and galleries in Baldwin City, a short drive to Lawrence, Kansas City, or 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.

Accomplished Faculty

Our students have the opportunity to work with not only art professors, but also with practicing artists. All faculty members are committed to their areas of expertise and show their work regionally, nationally, and internationally. The studio art faculty are dedicated to research and furthering their development as practicing artists and can often be found working alongside students in the art studios.

Senior Exhibition

As part of their art curriculum, students have the opportunity to plan and prepare their own exhibits in the Holt-Russell Gallery. This capstone course is an excellent way to demonstrate the knowledge and skill acquired through years of artistic development.

Make Friends in the Field

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, including Baldwin City’s Maple Leaf Festival, movie nights, and meetings where they get creative and get their hands dirty.


The Department of Mass Media and Visual Arts gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Art
  • Lloyd E. Ligon Memorial Scholarship

Students may apply for talent-based art scholarships at any time.

Scholarship Application

Four students throwing clay in ceramics class

Art Studio Course Descriptions

Meet the Faculty


Inge Balch

Professor of Art

B.A., B.F.A. Kansas State University; M.F.A. University of Kansas

Expertise: ceramics, design, sculpture curator of the International Orton Conebox Show, recipient of the 1992 Distinguished Scholarship Award and 2002 Kopke Excellence in Teaching Award

Office: Bennett Art Building


Russel Horton

Assistant Professor of Art

B.F.A. Rhode Island College, M.F.A. Clemson University

Office: Parmenter 310

Robbin Loomis

Instructor of Photography

Office: Office: Parmenter 310

Parmenter and long student center

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