Art, Creativity & Faith

Develop sophistication in media handling while integrating knowledge, creativity and Christian faith into the studio.

Why Art at Houghton?

The Art department at Houghton offers study opportunities structured to develop in students an understanding of the meaning, both past and present, of art in society.

To Stop and To Look

Houghton student Emily Friesen reflects on how majoring in art at Houghton University has changed how she looks at the world.

Gain experience and confidence

Art majors and minors acquire comprehensive experience in use of materials and technique while gaining confidence in their ability to integrate faith, knowledge and creativity.

Prepare for your future

The art major complements the Christian liberal arts experience to prepare students for teaching, professional art production and graduate studies.

Experienced art faculty

All Houghton University department faculty members hold a terminal degree (MFA) in studio art, and are actively involved in production and exhibition.

Off-campus trips and gallery exhibits

The student’s experience is diversified through visiting artists, on-campus gallery exhibits and off-campus trips that give students access to cultural resources in cities throughout the northeast.

Mayterm study options

The Art department also offers Mayterm art history experiences every other spring in cities such as Paris, London, Munich, Berlin, Istanbul, Vienna, Budapest, Florence, Rome, Lisbon and Madrid.

Careers in Art

A Houghton degree in art opens doors to a variety of careers, and our alumni can be found working in a wide range of positions. Houghton graduates have also found they are well prepared for graduate school and have been accepted into a number of top art graduate programs.

What they’re doing

  • Advertising director
  • College art professor
  • Gallery director
  • Graphic designer
  • Marketing director
  • Newspaper illustrator
  • Post-production technical support in the film industry
  • Professional wedding photojournalist
  • School art teacher
  • Studio artist
  • Video game designer
  • Web designer

Grad schools attended

  • Clemson University
  • New York Academy of Fine Arts
  • New York University
  • Penn State University
  • Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • State University of New York – Plattsburgh
  • Tyler Institute of Art at Temple University
  • University of Boston
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Northern Illinois
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas Knoxville
  • University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington University in St. Louis

Faculty & Staff

Ryann Cooley

Professor of Digital Media and Photography; Chair, Department of Art
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Aaron Harrison

Assistant Professor of Art
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Ellen Hatch

Academic Office Coordinator
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Linda Knapp

Ortlip Gallery Director & University Art Collection Manager
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Ted Murphy

Professor of Art
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John Rhett

Professor of Art
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Paul Young

Dean of Education and Psychology; Dean of Management and Creative Arts; Professor of Psychology
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