The mission of the Asbury University Art & Design Department is to challenge and equip those who will advance and practice the visual arts, providing the foundation for a lifetime of theological, theoretical and artistic practice.
God proves in his Word that he values creativity and community, and we want to as well. We want our students to work, grow and learn together, fostering enthusiastic visual expression: culturally aware and able to articulate that awareness and familiarity with critical, philosophical, theological and practical facets of art and design. “Advancing” art is more than creating it; it involves appreciating and supporting it as well.
Art is an incredibly diverse and far-reaching degree. Students can start out right after graduation, or have the foundation for further studies, in the following fields:
…among any number of other callings involving deliberate and informed visual decision-making.
We have many other alumni in grad school, teaching art (at all age levels), raising children, running art programs, working as professional photographers, graphic designers, curating exhibits, making art, etc. We have had students and alumni working with and for the following:
Martin Barker Design, Inc. | Fly Creative, Inc | New York Center for Art and Media Studies (NYCAMS) | LV Harkness & Co. | National Geographic Travel Channel | Pulse Creative Partners | University of Kentucky | Kentucky State Government | Kentucky Historical Society |
Our passion is for you to grow as an individual within the corporate and communal Body of Christ. Our mission is to provide a foundation for theological, theoretical and artistic practice. We strive to fold in our appreciation of art with our desire to know the Creator Himself. Not only is the process of our work important, but also how the content reflects the larger, invisible realities of our universe and our experience in it. All of our faculty strive to show how art is a vehicle for the realization of such intangibles as much as it is to show something tangible.
We see art as a vital part of human expression; humans cannot adequately express themselves without it. We strive to create an environment that encourages vibrant community. We value visual expression to foster your authentic and compelling reflection of the Creator’s Redemptive Idea.
These goals are evident in the kinds of things we do. For example, we take an annual trip to well-known museums and galleries in either New York City or Washington D.C. to experience important works of art and culture first-hand. We travel semi-annually to Paris, France, and the surrounding country-side to visit and study in museums, cathedrals and chateaus. We also take advantage of regional art destinations such as museums, galleries, art fairs, lectures and outdoor nature destinations. Travel is an important part of the learning process.
We also have required department-wide critiques in which you are able to view and respond to individual student work. As a major, you will exhibit your work in solo or group shows as a part of your graduation requirements.
All this happens in the middle of the beautiful Bluegrass Region, known worldwide for its horses and horse farms—an inspiring backdrop for learning to appreciate and respond to God’s beauty.
We typically have around 50 majors (including Art Education [P–12]) and around 20 minors. There are other students who “claim” our department as their own, though their major studies are in another.
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