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Prepare for a career in the arts by becoming an Art major.

The Bellarmine Art Department offers students the aesthetic training, technical knowledge, critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies that prepare them for careers in the creative economy and/or graduate study in the visual arts.

Why earn your art degree at Bellarmine?

Our program provides a supportive environment that promotes the rigorous investigation of craft, technology, history, theory and individual conceptual concerns. Faculty are professional artists who serve students as mentors and advisors, providing hands-on instruction, fostering experimentation, and challenging students to articulate their creative goals and develop their artistic identity.

Small classes, internships, a dynamic local art scene, and study abroad courses all foster meaningful engagement with campus, regional and global communities. The art department enriches our university and city through exhibitions, lectures, service and other programming.

Program Highlights

Campus facilities include painting, drawing, and ceramics studios, a photography darkroom and two Mac labs. The McGrath Gallery offers 1200 square feet of exhibit space for shows by regional, national and student artists. Students are given 24-hour access to studio facilities and a broad range of exhibition opportunities.

Art majors can focus their studies in one or more areas of emphasis:

  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Digital Art

Graduate and Career Opportunities


Zackary Ross, PhD, Fine Arts & Communication Division Chair (email)
Laura Hartford, MFA (email)
Fong Choo, MFA (website) (website) (email)
Megan Bickel, MFA (website) (email)
Jordan Morgan, MFA (website) (email)
Bess Reed, Ph.D.
Douglas Miller (website) (email)
Michael Kopp (website) (email)
Ron Schildknecht (website) (email)
Robert Lockhart, MFA, Professor Emeritus (website)
Caren Cunningham, MFA, Professor Emeritus

Read our faculty biographies.

Kayla Bischoff

“Bellarmine is a close-knit community, and this is especially true of the art department. The supportive environment created by the faculty and staff really played a role in building my confidence as an artist. I am thankful for the encouraging faculty members that emboldened me to pursue a career in the visual arts. In addition to my career as an exhibiting artist, the well-rounded liberal arts education and internship opportunities provided by Bellarmine University helped foster the transferable skills necessary for me to serve my local arts community as an administrator. Since graduating, I've served as Gallery Manager of Kaviar Forge & Gallery, Director of Communications for LOOK: Louisville Visual Art Inc., and most recently the Resource Development Director of Louisville Visual Art.”

Kayla Bischoff, 2014
Visual Artist & Art Administrator


Bellarmine University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

Contact Information

  • Zackary Ross, Ph.D.
  • Fine Arts & Communication Division Chair
  • Phone: 502.272.8431
  • Email:

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