Illinois Wesleyan
Ames School of Art & Design

Follow your passion

Be Breakthrough

The world needs image-makers and creative thinkers now more than ever, as our mediascape turns increasingly visual and complex. Our graduates are well equipped to solve problems artistically and use design thinking effectively.


Visual Arts at IWU 

Individual Focus

With a strong liberal arts focus, we dedicate our attention to each student, focusing on artistic and academic excellence and a personalized career path. As part of our liberal arts philosophy, we value breadth of knowledge in the fine arts as much as newly emerging art forms and critical approaches. The School of Art & Design's broad-based curriculum is designed to help facilitate flexibility in student direction and foster the critical thinking and creativity that employers and graduate schools are seeking.

8 Annual Exhibitsin the Merwin & Wakeley Galleries
No. 10 Top College TownBloomington-Normal (Business Insider, 2017)
Only Schoolin the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin to offer coursework in glass


Experiential Learning
Individually designed experiential learning is incorporated into our curriculum through valuable internships, special individual projects and affordable study abroad programs. Every student will create their own student-directed portfolio of work with reflective advising from faculty in the School of Art & Design.
Art and Design Internships
Art and Design Internships
The Hart Career Center coordinates the centralized campus internship program and maintains Handshake, an updated online database of internships and post-graduate jobs.
Merwin & Wakeley Galleries
Merwin & Wakeley Galleries
The Merwin & Wakeley Galleries provide exhibition schedules that support our curriculum, the University community and the general public.
Student Organizations
Student Organizations
Students interested in art are able to participate in various student organizations focused on the visual arts
Where Do You Want To Go Next?