Made possible by a gift from B. Charles "Chuck" Ames '50 and Joyce "Jay" Eichhorn Ames '49, a new glass rotunda entrance to the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building houses a unique sculpture by artist Lyle London. See more photos.

Students in the Ames School of Art explore their creative potential through courses in ceramics, drawing, painting, graphic design, printmaking, photography, sculpture and glass. Our curriculum in art history immerses students in analyzing and interpreting the visual arts in relation to society, culture, and history. Students are encouraged to investigate across disciplines in the other arts fields and in the College of Liberal Arts. Non art major students are welcome to take courses in all areas of the studio and art history programs.

We seek highly motivated, inquisitive students with a strong desire to study and develop ideas in visual form. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree provides concentrated studio experience in an area of art or design. The BFA also has a strong secondary concentration in art history. The Bachelor of Arts degree is available with a choice of two concentrations, one in fine art and one in graphic design.  

All faculty members are active professionals outside of the studio classrooms. As a result they share rich and varied experiences unique to artists, designers, and art scholars. Each faculty member has a strong commitment to mentoring and working one-on-one with students. The School broadens the instructional dialog by inviting numerous visiting artists, designers, and art theorists to campus each year. Visitors deliver public lectures, gallery talks, and meet with individual students. Visiting artists or designers are regularly invited to supplement course offerings. Art students routinely pursue international study at locations across the globe and complete professional internships appropriate to their career goals. 


Kevin Strandberg
Director, School of Art
P.O. Box 2900
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900

Phone: 309/556-3077


Amy Burk
Office Coordinator
Phone:  309/556-3077


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Graphic Design Students Contenders in International Competition
A team of students at Illinois Wesleyan have been named semifinalists in the Records for Life contest sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Strandberg's Franken-Camera Project at McLean County Arts Center
Wesleyan's Kevin Strandberg adapted older film cameras in, "The Franken-Camera Project: from the sublime to the ridiculous," reported by The Pantagraph. See a video.

Gonzalez '08 Works Graphic Magic
Maria Gonzalez '08 draws attention as a top-shelf illustrator and art director, including award-winning designs inspired by her mother's home in Mexico.

Ahrens '94 to Discuss Designing for Good
Using his talents to support social causes has played a major part in Justin Ahrens' design work, who believes that activism can improve your career, your community and the world.

Students Recognized by 'Design for Good' Project
A public awareness campaign designed and implemented by graphic design students at Illinois Wesleyan University has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Design for Good project.