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DROP OFF DATES: April 24th - April 27th, 11am – 3pm 
Please bring submissions to Arbury 112

All mediums are acceptable, art work must be from the current academic year (Fall 2016/Winter 2017), and you can submit up to three works.  All works must be exhibition ready (framed and/or wired for 2D works, 3D works must have a stand or be pedestal stable).  For more details 12th Annual Student Exhibition Information (176kB)




PaKeitha (Pkay) Oldham

Hometown:  Detroit, Michigan

Major:  Graphic Design
Minor:  Art

Graduation: May 2016


Pakeitha (Pkay) Oldham photo

Current Occupation: Graduating with a BA in Graphic Design and a Master of Arts in Communication and Digital Media from SVSU May 2016 and moving to Detroit, MI to work for Quicken Loans as a Graphic Designer.
Greatest assets of the SVSU Art Department?  "The SVSU Art department is made up of many great professors and students that make the program as great as it is. Being surrounded by highly dedicated professors and being able to have that interpersonal relationship with them is one of the greatest assets. It’s one thing for a student to be passionate about their work and art but also having that support system from your professors/faculty really brings out that passion and that’s exactly what the SVSU Art Department did for me. They helped me realize how I can succeed in life as an artist and photographer. The Art department and the professors were my support system more than anything; it always felt like home there."....more

Jessica Clingenpeel photo Jessica Clingenpeel

Lakeport, Michigan

Graphic Design

Graduation: May 2016

Currently:  Part-time Graphics Associate at Fabiano Brothers, Post Graduation:  Full-time Junior Graphic Designer at Morley.

Greatest asset of the SVSU Art Department:  "The professors help mentor you through your program. Your peers are welcoming and ready to share knowledge. My first two years of college I chose a private art school, thinking it was a much better choice. I was wrong, I transferred to SVSU and right away things started to click.  ....more"


Kara L. Brown
Saginaw, Michigan 

Major:  Visual Arts Education

Graduation:  May 2015
Kara Brown

Currently:  Art Teacher, Holy Cross Lutheran & Bethlehem Lutheran Schools, Saginaw, Michigan
Greatest asset of the SVSU Art Department:  "Saginaw Valley State University offers a comprehensive selection of programs to prepare students for a professional career in the arts. Class sizes stay small in order to allow students close interaction with professors and fellow students. The faculty are all working or exhibiting professionals that support students and provide fist-hand knowledge of current, ongoing development and practices necessary to become a successful working artist." 

Jacob Dewar, senior ,Design major - photo

Jacob Dewar

Currently:  senior

Major:  Design major

Jacob was selected for the Dow TCC Bike MS team.  His design will be used for their matching apparel (shorts, arm warmers, T-shirts, etc.) ....more


Department of Art

It is the goal of the Department of Art to develop a student's artistic knowledge and skills to a professional level, which provides leadership for our society as well as to prepare them for graduate school and future employment in an art related field.  The Department also places it general goal to be recognized as a leader in art and art education and as the important cultural resource for the region and the state.

Program of Study

The visual arts curriculum at SVSU includes art history and studio courses in ceramics, graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.  The Department of Art is part of the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences.

Students may earn a B.A. in Art, Graphic Design, or Visual Arts Education, and also a B.F.A. degree.

Because most classes do not exceed 25 students at SVSU, you'll work closely with art professors who are accomplished artists in their own right. Their paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures have been exhibited at numerous regional and national shows.

You also will be exposed to the creativity of other outstanding contemporary artists whose works are exhibited in the Art Department Gallery, located on the first floor of the Arbury Fine Arts Center.



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Miles Nitz working in the photography studio, 2015

Art Student Clubs & Organizations
C•A•Re Community Arts Research in murals, public works
Battle of the Arts

Work by senior art majors.
BFA Exhibitions