At Taylor, we are intentionally focused on our students’ success, not just in the classroom but in their personal and spiritual lives as well. We don’t just provide real world opportunities, excellent facilities and qualified faculty and staff. Those are certainly part of the Taylor experience-but we also offer a unique environment in which you can explore your faith and its impact on your chosen field of study. We strive to invest in your development both as an artist and as a person in order to prepare you for whatever lies ahead.
Question: What type of student would be ideal for Taylor’s Art program?
Dedicated, hard working, intentional, focused, committed, and engaged, creative thinkers.
Question: How does a Taylor Art degree compare with a degree from a traditional art school?
Our students are successfully competing with art school graduates, going into high profile positions and top graduate schools. At Taylor, our students not only receive an education in the visual and design arts but also an education in the liberal arts. We believe that by challenging students in all areas of learning, we give our student a distinct advantage in the marketplace, while also enriching their worldview and faith perspective.
Question: What makes Taylor’s Art program different from other liberal arts programs?
While we pride ourselves in our professional and experienced faculty and state of the art facilities, one of the most unique aspects of Taylor Art program is the community we strive to create for our students as well as ourselves. Students have opportunities to experience the art world outside of the classroom through varied art exhibitions with outstanding artists in their field as well as displaying their own work in juried student exhibitions. We encourage professional design memberships, portfolio development, conferences, field trips and career symposiums. Groups of majors often attend First Fridays at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, offering an opportunity for fellowship as well as exposure to new exhibits. Drawing/Sculpture “lock ins” provide opportunities for students to step out of their art making comfort zones. Outside of our community on campus, we also offer several travel opportunities including semesters in Italy, Australia and New York City.
Question: What type of facilities does Taylor’s Art Department offer?
Taylor’s Art Department is housed in the 38,000 square foot Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center. The center provides a variety of classrooms and workspaces for drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry making. It also contains a state-of-the-art Mac lab and audio-visual classrooms, a secure gallery and showing spaces.
Question: What opportunities does Taylor offer for those interested in art education?
Our art education majors are involved in several community programs including:
After School Art, Summer Fine Art Camp as well as private art lessons offered to community children. Community Art Service is also required and offers students a chance to use their artistic skills to give back to the local community. Experiences range from teaching Art lessons to at-risk students, working with local school programs to providing Art activities for various school functions and painting murals on various buildings in the downtown Upland area.