Art and Digital Media

The Department of Art and Digital Media at Olivet Nazarene University endeavors to provide a rigorous visual arts education that inspires and equips students to become lifelong practitioners of the visual arts. Rooted in a Christian worldview, we strive to prepare students for creative professional service, fostering collaborative thinking within our global society.  

Through classes, critiques and conversations, students work through their artistic struggles to achieve success. With a variety of concentrations including Drawing, Painting, Photography, Graphic Design and Media Arts, students get hands-on experience and learn how to sharpen their abilities in various forms of art.

About the Degree

Olivet offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.), a professional degree that offers students more breadth and depth within our department and prepares students for life after graduation whether that be graduate school or employment. In addition, we have a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) which requires less hours and is a great option for students interested in a double major. 

Studio Art (BFA)
Art Education (BFA)
Art (BA)
Digital Graphics (BFA)

Gallery Space on Campus

The Victorian House Art Gallery regularly features exhibits from visiting artists and is open to Olivet students and the community. Additionally, students' work is professionally lighted and displayed, in the Weber Center Gallery, Sims Main Gallery, Sims Entrance Gallery and the lobby of Strickler Planetarium.

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Art Scholarship

We encourage every student to apply for a freshman Art Scholarship. Get rewarded for your talent!

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Literary and Art Magazine

Tygr, the student art and literary magazine published each academic year, is dedicated to cultivating individual perceptions of the elements that make up our world. Written and published by students with faculty advisors, this magazine brings together a unique collection of the elements of Olivet’s creativity.

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Apple awarded im体育外围 their Apple Distinguished Award for 2019-2022, with a focus on Art & Digital Media’s creative use of the iPad, MacBook Pro, and various Apple and third-party applications throughout our program. Within the Art & Digital Media Department, we have requirements for PC and Apple MacBooks in order to handle the necessary programs within the Art Industry. Students are recommended to purchase MacBook Pro laptops, available for purchase through the university purchase programs with Apple.

Faculty Artwork

Ineffable Manifestations

Olivet Nazarene University faculty members Jon Seals ’03 and Bill Greiner presented original artwork in the Miller Hall Inaugural Art Exhibition “Ineffable Manifestations” at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, Connecticut in summer 2019. The exhibition celebrated the opening of Miller Hall and the Institute of Sacred Music’s dedicated support of the arts.

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Jon Seals

A conceptual artist, teacher and curator, Jon Seals has exhibited his artwork in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and universities through the U.S. He curates an annual art exhibition at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music. His essays, review and works of art have appeared in ArtPulse Magazine, Letters Literary Art Journal, Palimpsest Magazine and Reflections Magazine.

Art and Digital Media Faculty

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