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Department of Art

Developing your talent into a career in art.

The art department is very excited to announce the addition of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in studio art. This professional degree will be a wonderful complement to our existing Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The department will begin accepting BFA candidates beginning Fall 2016. Candidates interested in applying should contact the Admissions Office to begin the application process!

Portfolio Review & Talent Awards

Each year, the Department of Art offers Talent Awards to incoming art majors. Awards range from $2,000 to $16,000 over a four-year college career. 

These competitive awards are offered based on portfolio reviews and interviews with faculty members. Portfolio reviews occur between January and April each year and the department requires all prospective students to schedule a portfolio review. 
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Department of Art hosts a portfolio workshop for prospective students

Portfolio Workshop: Unzip Your Potential!

Art Portfolio & Showcase Day

October 22, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm

Do you have a passion for art but questions about how to make a career out of it? Wonder what college courses are like? Want professional advice on preparing a portfolio for a college review? Otterbein University’s Art Department invites high school juniors and seniors, parents and area teachers to attend this FREE workshop on building a strong art portfolio from experienced professors. The workshop is designed to help students present their best work for future college interviews.

Additionally, participants will enjoy a lunch while Otterbein Alumni professionals share their art career insights.

Hands-on activities such as drawing, printmaking and photography will allow participants to understand Otterbein professors' unique teaching approaches. Students should bring artwork they would consider “portfolio-ready.” The workshop will be held in the Art and Communication Building at 33 Collegeview Road on Otterbein campus. Now is the time to create, connect & communicate!


The Art and Communication Building was renovated in 2006. Painting students enjoy well-lighted, generous, individual studio spaces. The sculpture studio is equipped with large sturdy surfaces; hand and power tools for wood working; a computer-controlled annealer for glass and ceramic casting, and a wide range of materials for multi-media design. The Department of Art has two well-equipped Macintosh Labs. Students have access to high-definition video cameras, portable sound recorders and large-format inkjet printers.

We also operate three art galleries: The Frank Museum of Art, the Miller Gallery and the Fisher Gallery.

Read more about our galleries and collections.

Service Learning

We offer a 4-semester-hour service learning course, ART 1350: Introduction to Arts Administration. This is the foundation course for the arts administration minor, and includes an examination of topics such as philanthropy and the arts, leadership and public policy issues in the arts, arts marketing, and common challenges facing all arts disciplines.

Honors Program

Based on superior academic achievement, we invite many art majors to participate in the Honors Program. Working with a faculty adviser and additional faculty committee members, honors students develop studio and research skills that lead to outstanding projects. The projects are ideal preparation for graduate study in art and art history.


The Department of Art aims to prepare you not just to be an artist, but a successful professional and contributor to the field. Located conveniently in the greater Columbus, Ohio region, the city offers a plethora of internship and job opportunities for you to seek real-world arts experience while at Otterbein University.

The internship program enables you to work in diverse settings including:

  • The Frank Museum of Art
  • The Columbus Museum of Art
  • Mills James Video Production Company
  • The Wexner Center for the Arts
  • COSI
  • Global Gallery
  • Fiber Optics
  • Graphic Design in Los Angeles
  • RMD Advertising
  • Core Communications
  • Raspberry Press
  • McGraw Hill Press
  • The Contemporary Art Institute, Chicago
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
  • Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • West Camp Press
  • Dublin Arts Council
  • Otterbein University Alumni Office
  • Salvato, Coe, Gabor Associates
  • Internships relating to spending a semester at the Philadelphia Center

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The Department of Art is located at 
33 Collegeview Rd.

Office Hours
M - F: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
M - F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer)


Natalie Hess
Administrative Assistant
33 Collegeview Rd.
p/ 614.823.1792
e/ nhess@otterbein.edu 

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"The Art Department is a place I can call home. I know that I can always find someone to brainstorm new ideas with or help solve a problem in the art that we, ultimately, create. I greatly admire and respect my art professors, and I know that I would not be half the artist I am without their guidance."

Troy Neptune '17
Studio Art