Department of Visual Arts
The Gardner Webb University Art Program has offered the BFA and BA in Art since 2004. Like the rest of the university, our class size is small with professors who know and care about our students. Our faculty includes two painters, one art historian/mythography, one potter/sculptor and a painter/printmaker.
Our BFA and BA program is based on a solid variety of classes offering a traditional approach to the study of art in a private university with a Christian heritage. You do not have to be an accomplished artist to begin study within our program; we accept students with natural artistic abilities and students who have gifts of desire, drive, and social conscience that need to communicate through the arts. Upon graduation you will have a portfolio strong in three-dimensional or two-dimensional media and an excellent background in art history. You will be well prepared for graduate study in the visual arts as well as many other fields.
Please look over the online artwork in the student gallery and the work of our professors. The web page is organized so that you can view the class listing in our program. Schedule a visit for a personal tour of our facilities, time to meet the students and faculty of our program, and the opportunity to sit in on a class. We welcome you to the Gardner-Webb University Visual Art Program.
If you are interested in visual arts, then you are invited to Art Club. It provides an opportunity for you to participate in Octoberfest, provide artwork for campus events, and other activities throughout the community.
Annual Spring Critique
The Annual Spring Critique allows you to display and discuss work with other students and professors. A guest artist comes for the day and offers his/her opinion of students’ work.
Annual Student Exhibition
The Annual Student Exhibition is held at the end of fall semester. It is juried by faculty and visiting judges. Winners are determined and monetary awards are given. Best in shows are published.
Student Art Sales
The Student Art Sale is an annual Christmas sale that is held at the end of fall semester. Proceeds from the sale support the art league; the sale will give you the opportunity to earn money for yourself and allows you to exhibit your work in a market setting. Occasional spring cleaning sales are held at the end of the school year.
Located behind the Communications building next to the Millennium Theater, the Ceramics Lab is equipped with, tools, various clays, glazes, a large studio built natural gas reduction kiln, two Raku kilns, a pit fire area, and a propane fired reduction kiln
Located behind the Communications building next to the Millennium Theater, the Printmaking Studio is equipped with a professional combination press for relief, etching, and lithography. It also has equipment for serigraphy and experimental process and contains light tables, drying racks, and storage facilities.
Design and Sculpture Studio
Located behind the Communications building next to the Millennium Theater, the Design and Sculpture Studio is equipped with tools for working in wood, stone, and metal. This includes basic hand tools, a ten-inch table saw, band saw, drill press, disc sander, grinder, miter saw, pneumatic carving tools, carving benches, and welding equipment.
Painting and Drawing Studio
Located behind the Communications building next to the Millennium Theater, the Painting and Drawing Studio is equipped with daylight-balanced lighting, easels, drawing horses, a matting area, space for wet storage of works in progress, and storage of tools and materials.
Art Education Lab
Located behind the Communications building next to the Millennium Theater, the Art Education Lab models the secondary and primary classrooms that aspiring teachers will ultimately work in. There is also exhibition space for work in this classroom.
Art History and Survey Room
Located behind the Communications building next to the Millennium Theater, the Art History and Survey Room contains state of the art, multimedia equipment making it possible for students to evaluate and discuss slides as a group.