Art and Design
Influence the culture toward God’s gentle rule
Trinity’s Department of Art and Design is a vibrant community of creative students and faculty who are actively in the contemporary art and design spheres.
In Western culture, visual imagery has become a primary medium for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of its values. From paintings to photographs to movies to Tumblr and YouTube, this trend is intensifying. As one can see from these sources, vision is neither neutral nor incidental. It shapes and is shaped by our understanding of the world. Developing and redeeming this visual discussion is the essence of both a Reformed Christian worldview and the art and design department’s area of responsibility in the college’s mission. The college’s mission states “…those who teach and learn are called to be coworkers with Christ in subjecting all cultural activities to the reign of God.” The art department sees scholarship and teaching as two means to the same end, i.e., participating in the public square through the venues provided in fine art and design in order to unfold visual experience and influence the culture toward God’s gentle rule.
The Seerveld Gallery brings the art world to campus by hosting exhibits and lectures by regional, national, and internationally recognized artists, educators, and critics. Chicago’s globally significant art and design scenes provide the context for Trinity’s art programs. Students meet artists and designers on campus and in their studios in Chicago, visit internationally significant museums and galleries as part of their course work, and participate in internships with artists, arts organizations, and design firms.
Trinity offers the following art and design-related programs: Bachelor of Arts majors in art education (K-12), digital design, graphic design, and studio art; Bachelor of Fine Arts majors in graphic design and studio art; Minors in art history, digital design, graphic design, and studio art.
Professor John Bakker, M.F.A., on a Christian’s role in art
“The first task of artists and designers is to understand art as a discourse so that they can take their place confident of their skills, their knowledge and their convictions.”