North Central College - Naperville, IL

Art

Why choose art at North Central College?

As a North Central student-artist, you’ll enjoy the freedom to explore anything and everything that inspires you. We’ve equipped our recently renovated Meiley-Swallow Hall with new studios in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and interactive media. You’ll find your creative voice and have plenty of opportunities to share it in our dedicated gallery spaces. And along the way you’ll build a portfolio that will impress industry leaders, educators, prospective clients—and most importantly, you.  

You can also:

  • Participate in the Senior Art Show, solo and group exhibits, and in juried events in the College’s dedicated exhibit spaces and local art galleries.
  • Meet prominent artists at on-campus gallery exhibits and talks.
  • Study world-class art and architecture at galleries and museums in Chicago and Naperville.
  • Conduct undergraduate research and present your findings at the College's Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.
  • Visit with guest artists, plan outings and build camaraderie through campus clubs for artists, photographers and sculptors.
  • Apply for competitive talent scholarships in art.

To learn more about experiences and opportunities here at North Central College as an art major, click here.

News

Forbes magazine says North Central College is among America’s Top Colleges and ranks among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities.
North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

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Internships

  • Art facilitator, DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville
  • Two-dimensional art presenter, Hobby Lobby, Bridgeview, IL
  • Art gallery management intern, Brigantine Gallery, Downers Grove, IL
  • Floral design intern, Scheffler's Flowers, Naperville
  • Exhibitions intern, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL
  • Special events intern, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in art have been accepted at:

  • Mills College, Oakland, CA
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

Careers

Recent graduates in art include:

  • Art instructor
  • Art therapist
  • Gallery director
  • Illustrator
  • Interior designer
  • Merchandiser
  • Museum curator/exhibit preparator
  • Studio technician
Art major

A month before high school graduation, Jackie hadn’t applied to any colleges. In her heart, however, she wanted to pursue her artistic talents at an art school. “I didn’t think I was good enough,” she says.

That changed when she met a North Central College student who was student teaching in her high school. He encouraged Jackie to study studio art at North Central. “He changed my life,” she says.

Once at North Central, Jackie combined majors in art and psychology with competitive swimming and working. “I wanted to do everything and I learned to balance all my passions.” Jackie hosted her first solo art show at the Naperville Art League, studied abroad in Greece to learn more about art history,...

Art major

Giuseppe came to North Central with a passion for art and how it could express his experiences in the U.S. Army. He pursued that passion in two standout projects.

He crafted military boots that memorialized soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. “These are not names on the news, they are people, and I want to do right by them.” He also created an award-winning work titled “War Pigs” and presented it at a national conference.

“North Central is an extremely positive, motivating school,” he says. “My professors pushed, guided and formed me into the artist I am today. Their constant support and enthusiasm for my work gave me confidence … and everyone at North Central...

Art major

Jeremy often uses his background as a welder and blacksmith to inspire his art. His work has been featured in solo exhibits and he’s also teamed up with his North Central classmates to create shows.

“There’s a community of people who are interested in art and want to test their abilities,” says Jeremy, who recently presented two of his works at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. “Budding artists can put on their own exhibitions in the same gallery space that’s used by the professional artists for their shows.”

Jeremy enjoys many of North Central’s unique opportunities for art students. As part of Chicago Term...

Art, Math, Art History triple major and History of Ideas minor

Tim Whitney is a Renaissance man. His interests are diverse and far reaching – he’s majoring in studio art and math, minoring in art history and the history of ideas. He expects to add a third minor in business administration as he continues to pursue his passions for social justice, photography and design.

“That’s the beauty of North Central, that you can pursue what you love without boundaries,” he says.

To further explore his options, Tim has made use of North Central’s support for research by presenting at the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. During 2009, he researched the reciprocal relationship between shutter speed and aperture using a digital camera. At the 2010 Rall...