Kara Brown
Kara L. Brown
Major:  Visual Arts Education
Graduation:  May 2015
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."

Breanne Kerner
Breanne Kerner
 Graphic Design
Graduation:  May 2015
Currently:  "Currently in an internship as an intern graphic artist for TentCraft in Traverse City.  I will be starting a new job August 31st as a production artist for Knorr Marketing in Traverse City."
Greatest asset of the SVSU Art Department:  "The professors are amazing and my portfolio would not be what it is without the classes I took and the professors who taught them. SVSU's Art department offers such a wide variety of classes you can take and every professor really cares about the students. ......more "

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

Kaitlyn Zumbach - Photo
Kaitlyn Zumbach

Major: Graphic Design
Graduation: May 2015
Currently: Graphic Designer at Morley Companies 
Greatest asset of the SVSU Art Department: "Is definitely the professors and the learning environment they create. The professors always encouraged me to be better than myself, to grow as a designer, and to step out of my comfort zone. They go out of their way to get to know students so that they can help them discover who they are as a designer.  ....more

Garrett Weslock Art Graduate
Garrett James Weslock‌
Major: BFA, Ceramics 
Graduation: May 2015
Currently:  Curator, Studio 23, Bay City, Michigan
Future Plans: "I plan on looking into grad schools, artist communes, and or artist residencies over the course of the summer and will be applying to as many of these as possible."
Greatest asset of the SVSU Art Department:  I have learned an unimaginable amount of knowledge while attending SVSU, and I have many of the professors in the Art Department to thank for that.  The program is designed around the students and the class sizes are small enough that you get a great deal of one on one time from the professors.  In my opinion the greatest part of the program is the BFA, because the complete creative freedom and knowledge of the advisors leads the student into the future with a great deal of confidence." ....more

Resized photo of David Janssen
David Janssen, Jr.
Major: Bachelor of Arts in Drawing & Painting
Graduation: December 2014
Currently: "currently unemployed...will be attending the University of Idaho's MFA program the in Fall 2015". WEBPAGE:
Update from Graduate School:  "
I just wanted to say thanks again for all of your help and because of the education I have had at SVSU, I feel a lot more prepared than some of the other first years here. I have a greater sense of discipline and a wider approach to my art making.....more"
Greatest assets of the SVSU Art Department: "In my opinion, the greatest assets of the SVSU Art Department would have to be the professors. The variety of teaching methods and personalities the professors have really made me a more well-rounded student and person. All the instructors really want what is best for the students and they challenged me to think differently about Art and my own work." ...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.