Studying art opens doors. It impacts how you look at the world and its visual beauty. It provides a creative outlet that can be personalized. And it connects history, design, culture, and more into a major that can be profitable and fulfilling. As an art student, you’ll be able to work in well-equipped studios in the company of committed faculty who are there to help you create and learn. Additional lectures and workshops provided by exhibiting artists will complement your studio and classroom experiences.
Artists like you contribute to the richness of our society through various mediums. Here at Parkside, you can major in art or choose it as a minor, plus certificates are available in art history, design, and museum studies. You’ll receive a background in the visual arts, along with experience in two- and three-dimensional studies, art history, and visual culture.
Learn more about the Art Department.
learning in action
Parkside proudly houses three modern art galleries in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities. Here, you will derive inspiration as you display work alongside leading artists from the around the world. Lectures and workshops provided by exhibiting artists complement your studio and classroom experience.
careers after Parkside
The major prepares you for graduate studies and careers that require skills in creative problem solving, sophisticated visual communication, and independent thinking.
Some specific titles include studio artist, art conservator, arts administrator, architect, freelance artist, graphic designer, production designer, package designer, web designer, animator, illustrator, typographer, art historian, museum or gallery professional, and art educator in public and private schools.
Art Club is the campus student organization that encourages a variety of student-directed events including a visiting artist series and an annual juried student exhibit to foster a greater awareness and participation in the visual arts.
Lisa Marie Barber
Associate Professor, Cermaics & Foundations
"The majority of my ceramic work, often formatted as figures within dense environments, portrays how I wish to understand people in the world. I strive to create worlds composed of multiple, individualized parts, meant to be celebratory, shrine-like collections. Within them, the human is presented as a passive being, aware of life's weight, yet confident in its value. Often, the figures are children. Chosen for their purity of being, I use children as models of simplistic, unalienated living. To me, they represent a connection to the world that can be simultaneously awkward and full of possibility. In addition to these large-scale sculptures and installations, I also create series of paintings, drawings, and mixed-media works in the forms of quilts and assemblage sculpture. These works explore similar themes, as well as divergent subject matter."
Assistant Professor, Printmaking, Photography, & Foundations
"Originally from the Southern U.S., I currently live and work in Racine, Wisconsin. As an artist invested in contemporary print-media with a strong background in traditional printmaking, my practice remains firmly rooted in multiplicity and duplication- always seeking the most efficient methods in creating and broadcasting ideas. I combine traditional print techniques with drawing, video, photography and digital media as a means to conceptual ends. I am currently interested in the impact of our culture on the Western Landscape- looking at the large and small implications of the American Dream."
Associate Professor, Sculpture
" My work is inspired by both the young seedlings growing in the backyard and machinery that hums, rumbles, shifts, and glides. I developed a love of nature as a young boy while helping my mother in her garden, and I am certain that the many trips South in the passenger seat of my father's semi-truck account for my interest in machinery. It has been these experiences throughout the years that have shaped my aesthetic. As an aesthetic element, nature is alluded to in the surface coloration, forms, organic transitions, and natural materials. In contrast, the use of machine-made parts, polished surfaces, steel, aluminum, and hard edges connote the mechanical. In combination these two opposing visual elements contrast and complement each other in a way that requires a delicate balance."
Judith has been creating visual works of art based on her observations of her world as long as she can remember. Her inspirations vary from nature, to structures, to abstract ideas from her past and present. Her schooling opened her to a vast wealth of information outside the circle of her family. Her artistic skills include but not limited to traditional 2D and 3D materials, ceramics, sculpture, painting and drawing. She is also very experienced in new media, computer graphics, web design and animation. But her most valued ability is to learn from others and to share what she has learned. She is a teacher, an academic of creative and conceptual problem solving for the visual arts.