Department of Art & Design
See what Design students say about art and faith at Northwestern:
Show your work at the Denler Gallery
The Denler Art Gallery features student exhibitions as well as traveling exhibits by professional artists from around the world. As an art or design student, you'll have the opportunity to participate in the art shows and feature your creative work!
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
This highlight event showcases work made by Northwestern art and design students. The exhibition is juried by an acclaimed artist and the top student artwork is honored with awards.
Study Art Around the World
Every year the department embarks on a study-abroad travel experience. Past trips have included London, Paris, Berlin, Egypt, Italy, Chicago, New York, Germany, Norway and Greece.
While completing his M.F.A. degree at the Rhode Island School of Design, Cody Henrichs received the prestigious International Sculpture Center: 2013 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture.
"A promising debut that families that celebrate Christmas will likely enjoy. The gorgeous illustrations of Santa, Mrs. Claus, their dog, Blazer, and the pointy-hatted elves will make older readers pore over the details, and young readers will be delighted by the story. The story's lesson may also help get children involved in taking care of indoor Christmas trees" - Kirkus Reviews
"The story is lovely; the illustrations are stunning; and the plot is extremely unique. This is one that should definitely be added to your Christmas reading list, so Blink the Christmas Tree Elf can become a family tradition!" - Amy Lignor, Feathered Quill Book Review
"Sure to become a favorite among the young set...This book has garnered many excellent reviews and recommendations. You can add mine." - Bookviews.com
The Minnesota Biennial of Art is held every two years to highlight the most compelling visual art being made in Minnesota t the time. Professot Luke Aleckson is one of 38 artists from Minnesota selected for the 2013 Biennial.
Walker Art Center blogger Jehra Patrick highlighted Grothe as a top MN artist among "emerging talents who show promise, authenticity, and sophistication." His 2011 piece, She Walked Into the Room Dripping Gold, is one of many installations marked by "glitz, gold, fashion, lamé, and late nights."
Professor and Gallery Director Luke Aleckson ’02 is featured at the MIA through the end of September 2012.
Meet art professor and ceramics artist Heather Bren and hear what she has to say about art as worship and how she is developing new artists at Northwestern.
NXC Imaging recently commissioned Jane Gulbranson’s painting for the opening night of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A studio art major with a concentration in painting, Gulbranson spent one month finishing the 36” by 28” oil painting.
With some former ties to NXC Imaging, a provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems that service the Upper Midwest, Gulbranson saw this opportunity as a huge honor. Gulbranson’s painting was featured on the insert in the audience’s program, and her original painting was on display during one of the performances.
Studio art graduate Luke Grothe ’10 used Scripture and a rare kind of granite found only in Minnesota to design and create the The Apostles’ Table, a campus water feature for Northwestern.
"As a design student at Northwestern, I learned how to 'see' things differently—both literally and on a spiritual level. When I started looking at schools, Northwestern's design department was a clear standout."
– Michael Steven Forrest ’12, graphic designer at Relevant Magazine
Many of Northwestern's art graduates pursue Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees at top-tier graduate schools:
In 2004, the Harvard Business Review published an article by Daniel H. Pink entitled, "The MFA is the New MBA," documenting a growing trend in the corporate world: recruiting professional artists instead of hiring people with business degrees.
Now, everyone from Microsoft to General Moters is relying on visual artists for the success of their businesses in an increasingly competitive visual culture.