The Visual Arts Talent Scholarship is awarded to prospective art majors and minors who display a passion for creating visual images. Students must study graphic design, studio art, biological illustration or visual arts dual discipline with a concentration in pre-art therapy or business. The Olivet College visual arts program offers a traditional curriculum that trains students at all levels to attain professional skills. The program does not require a formal portfolio review as a condition of acceptance, however, if prospective students wish to share their artwork with the faculty, we will gladly arrange for them to do so.
As a recipient of the Visual Arts Talent Scholarship, students will be part of Art Alliance, a student-based organization that promotes the arts through various activities on and off campus, including special exhibitions and field trips to area galleries, museums and art studios. Scholarships up to $3,000 are available to students based on their level of participation in Art Alliance and related program activities.
Adjunct Instructor of Art
Donald W. VanAuken
Donald VanAuken serves as adjunct instructor of art, director of the Visual Arts Talent Scholarship program, and faculty adviser to Art Alliance. Professor VanAuken works closely with the college admissions department to help students navigate their educational opportunities at Olivet College, including coordinating the Regional High School Student Art Exhibition. As an artist, he has shown his work in multiple regional, state and national exhibitions in both painting and printmaking. Professor VanAuken received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design and his Master of Fine Arts in fine art and painting from Ohio University.
The individualized attention present at Olivet College is very beneficial to artists. As professors, we are able to learn each student’s strengths, weaknesses and goals, and customize an approach to teaching them. Pairing that kind of structure with an affordable education helps graduates enter the job market with confidence – and less debt.