Art at Franklin College

Students painting on easels, student in art exhibitStudying art at Franklin College provides students with opportunities for self-discovery, development of creative problem-solving skills and greater  understanding and appreciation of culture. Our faculty is dedicated to helping students discover and reach their educational and career goals. Personal attention from professors is given to every student, providing support for professional growth and for personal development.

“Learn to see and to feel life; that is, cultivate imagination, because there are still marvels in the world, because life is a mystery and always will be.” – Josef Albers

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Departmental Highlights

As an art student at Franklin College, you will work closely with professors who are experts in their field and willing to be mentors, inside and outside the classroom, supporting your growth as an art professional. Each student has the opportunity to exhibit work every semester in student art shows, with awards given for excellence in each discipline. (Talk about a great resume builder!) As a senior art student, you will have an exhibition highlighting your best work throughout your time at Franklin College.
View work from 2020 senior students. 
View work from faculty and students.

Clowes Visiting Artist Program

Every other January term a practicing artist is invited on campus to conduct a studio course based on their particular creative expression and expertise.

Art Scholarships

General Information

In addition to whatever scholarships, you may receive from financial aid, you may be eligible to receive scholarship money based on the quality of your art.

The art department awards scholarships up to $5000 to students based on the quality of their portfolio. These scholarships are renewable annually for up to 4 years based on continued performance and are in addition to any other financial aid or scholarship received. 

Applying for Art Scholarships

To apply for arts scholarships, you must submit a portfolio that meets the following requirements.

  • Submit ten samples of your best work in any media.   In the name of the image please use the following format for each piece : Your last name, Medium of the piece, size in inches)   For example: Cunningham_Oil on canvas_18x24.jpg.  The deadline for the Portfolio Submission is April 1.  Submit digital images via dropbox or google drive to
Deadline for Art Scholarships

All work must be submitted by April 1 in order to qualify. If selected, you will be notified by email by May 1. 


If you have further questions about applying for art scholarships, please feel free to contact any faculty member. Contact information is listed below.

  • Brittany Jameson

    My technical painting and drawing skills are more refined and allow me to communicate more effectively. Additionally, my art history degree has taught me how to make connections with the past, better understand religion and philosophy and articulate my own artistic ideas. I am prepared to defend my artistic ideas and concepts in an educated and professional way. - Brittany Jameson '14

  • Tony Quintana

    Dr. Rakic noticed the potential I had and appointed me as her Art History mentee. This gave me the experience I needed for graduate school. Since a passion of mine is to teach and mentor, this appointment allowed me to share my findings and share the joy of art with others, as well. - Tony Quintana '14

  • Emily Winship

    My experience with the art department has been a very positive one. I am now triple majoring in studio art, art history and French. The professors are incredible and balance the department wonderfully. I have been awarded internship opportunities and scholarships, including the Rinker Award, which provided funding to create my own art and hold my own show. I would not have been given nearly as many opportunities to succeed if I had gone to any other school. - Emily Winship '14

Meet Our Faculty

Did You Know?

Franklin College art majors have a 100% acceptance rate into graduate programs.