Art department

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Our mission is to educate developing artists, designers, teachers, therapists and scholars. We believe in the advancement of the arts within a diverse intellectual, social and faith-based environment through collaboration in learning and artistic practice. Underlying all of our work is the commitment to the arts, which is a vital and fundamental cultural force necessary for the functioning of a flourishing society, to the awakening of spiritual awareness and to the education of its citizens. Our commitment is in the pursuit of learning, individualized attention, public opportunity, diversity and civic engagement.


* The art major can be completed in 3 years.



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Gallery exhibition  The Grace Albrecht Art Gallery

During the academic year, works by visiting artists, faculty and students are featured in the Grace Albrecht Art Gallery.
>>> Gallery exhibition information

Art Scholarship


Bluffton offers three $1,000 art scholarships to promising and talented first-year students. A portfolio of artwork is required for art scholarship consideration. DEADLINE FOR PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION IS FEB. 28, 2017.


The Hester Graphic Arts Studio

The Bluffton art department is located on an attractive site overlooking Riley Creek in the Sauder Visual Arts Center, a facility that provides state-of-the-art studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture.