Fine Arts
Why Study Fine Arts?

As one of the concentrations in the art major at North Park, fine arts combines art history with learning different art forms, like drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and more. You can use these skills to pursue a career as a professional artist, teacher, curator, nonprofit worker, and more.

Why Choose North Park
Why North Park?

We focus on building community with other artists and teaching critical skills that will serve you in any job. Our small class sizes allow you to receive instruction and critiques from faculty who are practicing artists. The Art Department also makes intentional use of our urban location, giving you access to internship opportunities, museums and galleries, and professional artists.

Graduate Study

Recent graduates have pursued master of fine arts (MFA) degrees at Washington University, University of Illinois, Indiana University, Pratt School of Art, New York Academy of Art, and University of New Mexico.

Alumni Careers
  • Artist
  • Professor of Painting and Drawing
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphic Design Instructor
  • Museum Production Supervisor
  • Exhibition Preparator
Alumni Profile

Art Department faculty encouraged Danny Bracken C'05 to follow his interests and think about art in new ways. He’s now making a living as an artist, expressing himself through visual art, music, and gallery installations.

Read more about Danny’s experience.

Danny Bracken, Fine Arts alumnus
Meet the Faculty

Nnenna Okore’s abstract sculptures incorporate a variety of media and objects. Her focus on environmental art has taken her to her home country of Nigeria for a year as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching and creating art alongside local artists and students.

Learn more about Professor Okore and the art faculty.

Nnenna Okore, Art Professor
Junior Critique

During your junior year, you will receive direct feedback on your work to date from faculty and your peers, plus mentoring on how to focus your efforts going forward. Throughout your time at North Park, faculty will take this type of vested interest in you and your goals.

Senior Show: Professional Portfolio

Senior art majors who concentrate in fine arts participate in the Senior Show during their final semester. You’ll select 10 representative works, create an artist’s statement, and display your work publicly in the Carlson Tower Art Gallery. This will become part of your portfolio in your job search.