Develop your talents into a career as an arts professional.

Department of Art & Art History

We know what it takes to thrive as creative arts professionals. We do it every day. Through individualized mentoring, real-world experience, and a commitment to local and global engagement, you will discover your purpose and make an impact in the world.

  • Art B.A.: Prepares you for competency in art and art –related careers while offering the flexibility of studying across a broad area of interests. It offers the opportunity to pursue a second major or minor to complement your artistic interests.
  • Art B.F.A.: A professional degree that prepares you for graduate study and careers in art and design through in-depth studio experience and research in Visual Arts​.
  • Art History & Visual Culture B.A. : Focus on study of art and cultural heritage from a global perspective.
Ceramics Studio

Concentration

Ceramics

Explore the ceramic form from both sculptural and vessel perspectives to develop your personal style and hone your technical abilities.

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Drawing Studio

Concentration

Drawing

Learn contemporary, innovative drawing practices and traditional genres including still-life, life drawing, and nature-based drawing.

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Graphic Design

Concentration

Graphic Design

Use typography, images, shapes, textures, colors, and words as tools to create artworks that are in service to ideas and action.

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Art Painting

Concentration

Painting

Painting is for students with a passion for color and for working in oil paints. It is also for those with an interest in process-based art who embrace change.

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Photography

Concentration

Photography

Learn how and why to make images, and understand the social, aesthetic, and historical importance of photographs.

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Videoart Studiolights

Concentration

Video Art

Use moving image and sound to push boundaries, experiment, and tell dynamic stories from diverse perspectives.

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Student, Faculty, and Alumni Spotlights

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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I knew Otterbein was going to be an environment where I would be pushed to my full creative potential and given all the help and support I would need.

Megan Walsh ’22

B.F.A. in Art (Painting) with an Educational Studies Minor, Teacher Licensure, Visual Art ​

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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There are so many amazing galleries and art museums in Columbus. There are always new and exciting visual and performing art advancements.

Luke Patel ’24

B.F.A. in Art (Ceramics) with minors in Art History & Visual Culture and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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Historical dress is my passion. Using fashion and costume as a tool to help teach people about the past, particularly when it comes to women, will play a big part in my life.

Addie Richmond ’22​

B.A. in Art History & Visual Culture and B.A. in Theatre

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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I enjoy the freedom that comes with being an art/art history student the most. Self-expression is always very important within the assigned studio course projects.

Madison Popovich ’24

B.F.A. in Art (Photography & Graphic Design) and a minor in Art History & Visual Culture

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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All the art professors at Otterbein are wonderful and supportive and really are looking out for you and your future.

Michael Hunkins ’23

B.A. in Art History & Visual Culture and B.A. in History & Political Science with an Art Minor​

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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I have learned so much about myself, others, and what art really means to me and society as a whole.

Nevaeh Ellis ’24​

B.F.A. in Art (Graphic Design) and B.A. in Art History & Visual Culture

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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My favorite part of being an art student is everything! I am genuinely excited to go to class.

Tara Jones ’24​

B.A. in Art (Graphic Design) with minor in Art History & Visual Culture

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

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I feel that after becoming an art student in my second year, I matured. I learned to like my art; I’ve won multiple awards for it and I’ve been in three exhibitions.

Zeph Harris ’22​

B.A. in Art (Graphic Design) with a Psychology Minor

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Otterbein Museums and Galleries
Otterbein’s museum and galleries bring the best of visual arts to Central Ohio. We feature the art of internationally renowned creatives and give public access to our permanent art collection.

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Art students at Otterbein have the opportunity to work directly with visiting artists from around the globe, like Cadine Navarro (pictured center).​​

Cadine Navarro

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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Otterbein was a fantastic program to learn a broad range of artistic practices to springboard into another program of artistic practice.

Jack Koppert ’21

B.F.A. in Art (Painting) with an Art History Minor

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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The experiences I had as a student, an alumni, a staff member, and a faculty member at Otterbein have benefited my studio practice and my professional career.

Chaz O’Neil ’06​

B.A. in Art (Printmaking, Painting, and Drawing)

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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The Art and Art History Department helped build my confidence to network and step into new positions within my community.

Jennifer Overhosler ’17​

B.A. in Art (Painting and Graphic Design)

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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My Otterbein education certainly set me up for success at my current position!

Lindsay Lisanti ’21

B.A. in Art and B.A. in Theatre​ (seen here at left)

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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Otterbein helped me to find new passions, new ways to express myself, and meet professors that would become great mentors and professional references – a few of which actually helped get me my job!

Megan Miller ’21

B.A. in Art (Photography Concentration) and a B.A. in Journalism & Media Communications

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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The faculty treated you as a peer, intently cared about your personal growth, and helped you learn to express that growth through your craft.

Paul Davis ’06​

B.A. in Art (Graphic Design, Drawing, Computer Art) with minors in Art History and Music

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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The first wedding I got to shoot was because one of my classmates at Otterbein already was a wedding photographer, and she had asked me to help her.

Polly Sellers ’18

B.A. in Art (Photography, Graphic Design)​

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The point
At The Point, students have access to a woodshop, metal shop, and maker space with 3D printers, laser etching machines, large format printers, virtual reality equipment, and more to take their art to the next level.

Our Annual Juried High School Student Art Exhibition supports young artists in Ohio, who gain experience in preparing and submitting their artwork for blind review by qualified arts professionals and may receive cash awards.

Juried Student Exhibition

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Professor Amanda Kline is working on a short film that showcases the experiences, memories, and knowledge of women employees of the National Park Service. The film blends oral histories told by women with images of park landscapes and natural features. So far, she has traveled to Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts and Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. She looks forward to visiting Haleakalā National Park in Hawaii next.​

Amanda Kline

Associate Professor, Art & Art History​

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

This project is a scratch-built aircraft designed by George Pereira (WW2 veteran fighter and heavy bomber pilot). The materials are primarily sitka spruce and mahogany plywood. It took 13 years of work to get it to its first flight, and an additional 15 years to work out bugs and make modifications and updates. Its cruise speed is 240 miles per hour.​

Don Austin

Professor, Art & Art History

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

As part of her fall 2022 sabbatical, Louise Captein will travel to the Netherlands, where she will draw and paint nature from direct observation to explore a mindfulness approach to rendering a variety of native plants, bushes, and trees. Her method of “slow art” and mindful seeing and working representationally, contrasts with her longstanding practice of working abstractly, in a fast, direct manner. The artist will work alongside Dutch nature painter Els de Does at different locations in and near Amsterdam and in rural West-Friesland at the organic farm Pluktuin van Geesje.​

Louise Captein

Associate Professor​, Art & Art History

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Department Features and Student Opportunities

Juried Student Exhibition

Scholarships

We show interest in the whole person-life experiences, potential for success in academic setting, and enthusiasm for the arts-by offering up to $8,000 in talent award scholarships.

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Study Abroad

Travel the world in short- and long-term study abroad experiences, including May Term trips led by Art & Art History faculty to locations such as Spain, Italy, Greece, and the United Kingdom.

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Internships

Students gain valuable professional experience through internships and short-term positions with a wide variety of businesses and organizations within the arts community.​

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Artist-In-Residence Program

One of the only such programs of its kind in Ohio, our artist-in-residence program lets two graduating studio art majors work as arts professionals with support in the form of studio space, materials, and a professional exhibition.​

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Museum Internships

Art students at Otterbein have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in preparation, installation, and striking of art exhibitions in the Frank Museum of Art and other galleries on campus.

Art And Art History Student Organizations

Student organizations

Kappa Pi is a national honor society for Art & Art History majors who have greatly excelled in the arts. Starving Artists is a student-run organization that promotes the appreciation and education of art in the Otterbein community.​

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‘It Sounds Like Love,’ immersive installation at Frank Museum, concludes with public events


News - August 8, 2022
The public is invited to events Aug. 12-14. French-American artist Cadine Navarro (Photo by Sophie Ansell) The year-long installation of a living-art exhibition at Otterbein University’s Frank Museum of Art concludes with a series of events open to the public from Aug. 12-14. French-American artist Cadine Navarro’s immersive, sensorial exhibition was brought to Otterbein as a new commission by Otterbein art historian Janice Glowski, the Frank Museum’s director and curator. The unique installation builds on the sound vibrations of dormant…

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Otterbein Exhibition “The Pandemic Portraits” Uses Art to Reflect on the Past Two Years


News - March 1, 2022
By Madelyn Nelson ‘23  When the world came to an abrupt halt in March 2020, the events of the global pandemic were displayed on the front pages of newspapers every day. To help process the tremendous loss, Art Professor Emeritus Nicholas Hill used his craft and the daily newspapers to create The Pandemic Portraits. (A catalog of portraits is available for  preorder here.)  “As the number of infections skyrocketed across the globe, I decided to explore a daily regimen, a…

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Otterbein Juried Art Exhibition Gives High Schoolers Platform to Learn the Industry, Earn Scholarships


News - December 8, 2021
Otterbein University is giving young artists the opportunity to showcase their art to a broad audience in a professional setting.   The Third Annual Juried High School Art Exhibition will be on display until Dec. 10 in the Miller Gallery, located in the Art and Communications Building at 33 Collegeview Road, Westerville.  This exhibition supports and promotes young artists in Ohio. Students gain experience preparing and submitting their artwork for a blind review by a qualified arts professional. Cash awards totaling $600 are given to the top work, selected by…

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Programs of Study in Art

Art History Visual Culture

B.A.

Art History & Visual Culture

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Minor

Art

Art History Visual Culture Minor Feature

Minor

Art History & Virtual Culture

Photography Minor Student

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Photography

Contact Us

Department of Art & Art History​
33 Collegeview Road​
Westerville, OH 43081

Administrative Assistant

Vita Rossi​​
614-823-1792
Rossi2@otterbein.edu

“Creativity takes courage.”

Henri Matisse

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