Art department

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Art department

Our mission is to educate developing artists, designers, teachers, therapists, and scholars. We believe in the advancement of the arts within a diverse intellectual, social and faith-based environment through collaboration in learning and artistic practice. Underlying all of our work is the commitment to the arts, which is a vital and fundamental cultural force necessary for the functioning of a flourishing society, to the awakening of spiritual awareness, and to the education of its citizens. Our commitment is in the pursuit of learning, individualized attention, public opportunity, diversity, and civic engagement.


* The art major can be completed in 3 years.



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Gallery exhibition  50th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

50th Annual Juried
Student Exhibition

April 3 – 28, 2017
Current gallery exhibition>>>


Art Scholarship


Bluffton offers three $4,000 art scholarships to promising and talented first-year students. A portfolio of artwork is required for art scholarship consideration. DEADLINE FOR PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION IS FEB. 28, 2017.


Sauder Visual Arts Center in the spring

The Bluffton art department is located on an attractive site overlooking Riley Creek in the Sauder Visual Arts Center, a facility that provides state-of-the-art studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture.