Studying Art at North Park
The art department strives to provide the highest standard of artistic development in students through a range of specialized coursework, ample studio and internship experiences, and exposure to public engagements within the Chicago art scene. Under the mentorship of highly experienced art professors, students gain creative and professional experiences that prepare them for lives of significance and service.
Non-art majors who have interest in art can enroll in any of the hands-on studio courses or take advantage of the general education options in drawing and art history. An art club led by students is another exciting platform where non-art majors can integrate with artists while participating in meaningful community art projects.
Promising art majors and non-art majors alike, are eligible for a limited number of Art Scholarships, offered in addition to other financial aid and are renewable for up to four years.
Meet the Faculty
Nnenna Okore, an internationally acclaimed artist and Fulbright scholar, chairs the art department. In her courses—such as Three Dimensional Design, Sculptural Practices, and African Contemporary Art—Professor Okore urges students to apply everyday experiences towards thoughtful creative excellence.
Locations & Facilities
The Art Department, which is housed in the iconic Wilson Hall, provides students with classroom and lab spaces including drawing and painting studios, printmaking and graphic design labs, and a wood shop. Students are offered workspaces within Wilson Hall and across campus. In addition, students can exhibit their works in Carlson Tower Gallery as well as other locations on campus.
Carlson Tower Gallery is home to an ever-changing array of exhibits featuring work by students, faculty, alumni, and guest artists. From painting and photography to sculpture and interactive installations, the possibilities are endless. Check out our upcoming event calendar or stop by the gallery to see for yourself!