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Studio Angelico – A Community of Artists

Overview and History:

Studio Angelico--the art department at Siena Heights University--features first-rate art professors who will stoke your creativity and challenge you to create cutting-edge, innovative artworks reflecting your personal interests as well as the needs of the world.

Named for 15th-century Dominican painter Fra Angelico, the Studio has been a center for art and art education in Adrian, Michigan, since the 1930s.  Today, the Studio continues a long tradition of valuing:

  • a high level of productivity and creative experimentation
  • the development of each student's individual direction
  • purposeful artwork, relevant to the world
  • ethical behavior
  • technical skill
  • mastery of design
  • familiarity with a wide variety of artistic media
  • critical thinking skills, and
  • knowledge of the history of art and visual culture.

Studio Angelico is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers degrees in Graphic Design, Art Education, Art History and Fine Arts. Through our degree offerings, you will explore art media such as animation, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video production, and web design.

Opportunities are available to combine majors, minors and certifications in areas such as business, psychology, chemistry, museum studies, and teacher education, providing a solid foundation for careers in fields such as advertising, art therapy, art conservation, museum work, and art education. The Studio also supports and encourages students to become professional artists.

The Art Department's primary goal is to develop competent, purposeful, and ethical visual artists.  You will be encouraged to explore, research, create, and pursue artworks of high quality.  You will be expected to deal in materials and in ideas, to explore past perceptions of the world of art and your interior and exterior worlds of imagination and values.  In your junior year, you will learn about careers and advanced degrees in the arts, explore the ethical implications of the Copyright Law of the United States, and produce a professional portfolio.  In your senior year, you will work with a faculty member to mount a solo exhibition of your work.

These expectations call for a commitment to study, a disciplined approach to work and a willingness to integrate personal perspectives in your artwork.  In these ways our students are called to be competent, purposeful, and ethical, thereby supporting the mission of Siena Heights University.