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Lyon College's art department provides students with the tools and techniques necessary to explore and examine their creative, critical, and analytic voice. By integrating the liberal arts with a broad studio experience, majors develop the necessary knowledge, technical skill, and commitment to work as an artist today. 

Students are immersed in a creative learning environment and encouraged to cultivate an approach to art informed by traditional two- and three-dimensional art practices, experimental approaches, and new digital technologies. They will participate in regular critiques and interact with faculty and peers in a critical context. This critique system creates an environment that encourages students to try new techniques, solve difficult problems, and push boundaries.

Majors may choose to focus on a particular area as they work closely with faculty to prepare for graduate school, work professionally as artists, or pursue art-related fields.



Art facilities on campus include a digital lab with Macintosh computers, Epson scanners, and Canon printers. Students also have the ability to check out digital SLR cameras and lighting equipment. Student studios, the light and Fulkerson studio, and the Mac lab are located in the Alphin Building. Newer studios are located just steps away from the Alphin building. Newer studios are offered on a first come, first serve basis. All juniors and seniors are provided a studio space; freshmen and sophomores can acquire studios based on availability.


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