llinois Wesleyan’s School of Art offers two art degrees. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is the professional degree for the visual arts and the field of graphic design and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) works well for students seeking to double major.
We offer three minors available to all students across campus to support their major.
The Juried Student Art Exhibition takes place every Spring Semester. All art majors are required to submit three works of art. IWU presents numerous awards every year, including The Gallery Award and Faculty Selection Award, both chosen by the School of Art faculty; Director's Award; President's Award, a cash award sponsored by the President; Mayo Alumni Award, a purchase prize; Dyke Alumni Award; National Residence Hall Honorary "Hall of The Year" purchase prize award; Memorial Center Purchase Prize, and the Sipich Alumni Award.
Following the Awards Ceremony, senior BFA students give an oral presentation on their project for the Senior Show on display in the Merwin & Wakeley galleries, as part of the University-wide John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference.
BFA and BA students wishing to pursue research honors work with the School of Art and the Associate Provost's office to initiate an honors project. To qualify, candidates must have a 3.50 gpa or higher in their major, and 3.25 gpa or higher overall. Students have the opportunity to publish honors projects on IWU's Digital Commons.
The Ames Library Artistic and Scholarly Research Award program provides a funding opportunity for an IWU student under the supervision of a faculty sponsor to propose a significant research or creative project in their specific fields of study. Award: $500. Deadline is usually in March.