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Department of Art

Developing your talent into a career in art.

"Starting my career has been a huge adjustment, but I think I was well prepared due to my internships and experience doing in-depth projects. I feel that the diversified education I received at Otterbein has helped me develop the attitude and world view that has made me a trainable, competitive candidate for any position."
Kelli Sproles ’08, Art


The Art and Communication Building was renovated in 2006. Painting students enjoy well-lighted, generous, individual studio spaces. The sculpture studio is equipped with large sturdy surfaces; hand and power tools for wood working; a computer-controlled annealer for glass and ceramic casting, and a wide range of materials for multi-media design. The Department of Art has two well-equipped Macintosh Labs. Students have access to high-definition video cameras, portable sound recorders and large-format inkjet printers.

We also operate three art galleries: The Frank Museum of Art, the Miller Gallery and the Fisher Gallery. Read more about our galleries and collections.

Portfolio Review & Talent Awards

Each year, the Department of Art offers Talent Awards to incoming art majors. Awards range from $2,000 to $16,000 over a four-year college career.

These competitive awards are offered based on portfolio reviews and interviews with faculty members. Portfolio reviews occur between January and April each year and the department requires all prospective students to schedule a portfolio review. /more information about portfolio reviews

Service Learning

We offer a 4-semester-hour service learning course, ART 1350: Introduction to Arts Administration. This is the foundation course for the arts administration minor, and includes an examination of topics such as philanthropy and the arts, leadership and public policy issues in the arts, arts marketing, and common challenges facing all arts disciplines.

Honors Program

Based on superior academic achievement, we invite many art majors to participate in the Honors Program. Working with a faculty adviser and additional faculty committee members, honors students develop studio and research skills that lead to outstanding projects. The projects are ideal preparation for graduate study in art and art history.

Student Organizations & Opportunities

We encourage our Art students to get involved during their time at Otterbein and offer a variety of opportunities. Read more.


The Department of Art aims to prepare you not just to be an artist, but a successful professional and contributor to the field. Located conveniently in the greater Columbus, Ohio region, the city offers a plethora of internship and job opportunities for you to seek real-world arts experience while at Otterbein University.

The internship program enables you to work in diverse settings including:
• The Frank Museum of Art
• The Columbus Museum of Art
• Mills James Video Production Company
• The Wexner Center for the Arts
• Global Gallery
• Fiber Optics
• Graphic Design in Los Angeles
• RMD Advertising
• Core Communications
• Raspberry Press
• McGraw Hill Press
• The Contemporary Art Institute, Chicago
• Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
• Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
• West Camp Press
• Dublin Arts Council
• Otterbein University Alumni Office
• Salvato, Coe, Gabor Associates
• Internships relating to spending a semester at the Philadelphia Center



Carly Marburger, English education and art double major, was featured in the Tan and Cardinal, April 24, 2013 edition, "When words collide."

Otterbein's Vijay Kumar exhibit named one of the best exhibits of 
2012 by The Columbus Dispatch. Read the full article here.

Summer Ceramics Institute

Click here for more information about our annual Summer Ceramics Institute.

/ Department of Art

The Department of Art is located at 
33 Collegeview Rd.

Office Hours
M - F: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
M - F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer)

Evelyn Davis-Walker
p/ 614.823.1252
e/ edavis@otterbein.edu

Natalie Hess
Administrative Assistant
33 Collegeview Rd.
p/ 614.823.1792
e/ nhess@otterbein.edu 

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