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Visual Arts

Fine Arts in Florence

Five years ago, Stephanie Craw ’13 was narrowing down where she would advance her significant artistic ability.

It took one campus visit to determine Olivet College was a perfect fit for her. “This was the right place for me,” Craw said. “I really love our art professors and can’t imagine having a better experience elsewhere.”

Read more about Stephanie's story.

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination." Henry David Thoreau

From graphic design to sculpture, and painting to print making – Olivet College offers a broad range of courses for students pursuing careers or simply a greater depth of understanding in the visual arts.

For more information about programs offered within our Visual Arts Department, please review our full list of majors.

About the Visual Arts Department

The Visual Arts Department is studio-oriented with an emphasis on drawing and an overall philosophy that focuses on realism. Our faculty developed a drawing program which aims to train you to draw figuratively at a professional level. When entering the department, you may attain advanced placement relative to your artistic abilities. Studio classes operate as ateliers (workshops) where you’re treated as responsible adult learners in a general atmosphere of individual attention and informal contact. As a teaching strategy, faculty often work on their art alongside you.

As seniors, you’re required to develop a senior project that articulates, in image and word, the synthesis of your experiences at Olivet College and the relevance of the college’s academic vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility to your life today and in the future.  

Within the department, the faculty/student ratio is small and there is maximum access to studio facilities. In addition to the introductory courses, a full complement of studio classes in sculpture, painting, graphics and ceramics is offered.


Gary Wertheimer, M.F.A.

Chair, Visual Arts Department; Professor of Art

Thia Eller, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Art


DaunTrell Hill

"The love is real. Olivet faculty will help you graduate as long as you are willing to help yourself first. Olivet is small, which means small classes and more opportunities to meet one-on-one with faculty. You aren’t just a number."

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