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The Open Space to CreateWelcome to the Art Department at Chadron State College.
Out here in the wide open space of the high plains, in the big sky of northwest Nebraska, you can hear yourself think. You can find your space to create. The Art Department at Chadron State College is an active, interdisciplinary community that will provide you with the opportunities to grow creatively, develop artistic skills and nurture your individuality.

You can create with abandon.
With no distractions.
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Tania Bad Moccasin-Szewczyk, an art major with an art education option, focuses intently in drawing class.Tania Bad Moccasin-Szewczyk, an art major with an art education option, focuses intently in drawing class.
Trimming the foot on a bowlTrimming the foot on a bowl.
Matt Kuckkahn, an art major with a graphic design option, eyes his painting in Painting I.Matt Kuckkahn, an art major with a graphic design option, eyes his painting in Painting I.
Assistant Professor Laura Bentz makes a suggestion in Drawing I to Travis Hencey, an art major with an art studio option.Professor Laura Bentz makes a suggestion in Drawing I to Travis Hencey, an art major with an art studio option.

Surrounded by scenic western beauty and rural friendliness, students thrive with small classes, close interaction and caring faculty.

Classes and experiences outside the discipline of art provide students with a well-rounded education, one that encourages the critical thinking and skills needed for the 21st century.

Understanding visual communication is crucial for the future. The visual arts inspire students to find connections between ideas, make new discoveries and continue the learning process throughout a lifetime.

Works in progress from Drawing I class.Works in progress from Drawing I class.
CSC art students take in a James Rosenquist painting at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.CSC art students take in a James Rosenquist painting at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Graduating seniors Traci Kennedy, Nicole Roberts and Heather Cary show their work.Graduating seniors Traci Kennedy, Nicole Roberts and Heather Cary show their work.

Art classes begin with the fundamentals and move to advanced personal expression. The program emphasizes the production of art, the knowledge of historical context, the use of critical thinking and the understanding of aesthetics. Every art major explores a variety of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional media in the areas of drawing, figure drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass and graphic design, in addition to the study of art history. Classes involve hands-on work and the experience of both traditional media and electronic technology enhanced with workshops, field trips and exhibitions.

Patty Bird and student Emily Hudson help with a glass bead workshop for the Nebraska Art Teachers Association Fall Conference 2007, co-sponsored by the CSC Art Department.Patty Bird and student Emily Hudson help with a glass bead workshop for the Nebraska Art Teachers Association Fall Conference 2007, co-sponsored by the CSC Art Department.
A drawing/collage by Sally Roberts from Figure Drawing.A drawing/collage by Sally Roberts from Figure Drawing.
Kerri Hanlon, an art major with a graphic design option works on a poster project.Kerri Hanlon, an art major with a graphic design option works on a poster project.
Painting I students Jessica Swanson, Brenda Peterson, Abby Christian and Scott Roberts listen to visiting artist Mark Kreger discuss his paintings in the Main Gallery.Painting I students Jessica Swanson, Brenda Peterson, Abby Christian and Scott Roberts listen to visiting artist Mark Kreger discuss his paintings in the Main Gallery.

More importantly, the Art Department provides solid career directions, preparing students for life after graduation. Our alumni work as art educators, commercial artists, graphic designers and studio artists or go on to graduate school — proof that, yes, an art major can be employable.

Technological advances continue to fuel the need for designers and CSC's large graphic design program provides the skills you need to gain a career in the field of design and communication. In addition, CSC turns out a wealth of excellent art teachers who have little trouble finding jobs. The demand for art teachers remains high, as school districts maintain a strong emphasis in the arts. Students focusing on studio art go on to making and selling their art, graduate school or teaching at the college level.

The Art Department's newly updated facilities and equipment give you the tools to explore your ideas. Located in the renovated Memorial Hall, with the Theatre and Music Departments, students enjoy a "whole-arts" experience that includes plays, concerts and other performing arts events. Two gallery spaces with revolving shows constantly offer students new engagement with the visual arts.

CSC students tour the retail marketing agency John Ryan Company in Minneapolis, Minn. From left, CSC student Deana Roberts, Minneapolis freelance designer Peggy Zetah, CSC students Sally Roberts and Michelle Vorderstrasse, Lisa Meyers from John Ryan Co. and CSC student Emily Hudson.CSC students tour the retail marketing agency John Ryan Company in Minneapolis, Minn. From left, CSC student Deana Roberts, Minneapolis freelance designer Peggy Zetah, CSC students Sally Roberts and Michelle Vorderstrasse, Lisa Meyers from John Ryan Co. and CSC student Emily Hudson.
Professor Richard Bird makes a point in stained glass class.
Art Guild students hold a meeting outside the art building, Memorial Hall.Art Guild students hold a meeting outside the art building, Memorial Hall.
One of the many changing art exhibits in the Memorial Hall Main Gallery, Artists of the Black Hills, Fall 2006.One of the many changing art exhibits in the Memorial Hall Main Gallery, Artists of the Black Hills.

The Art Department at Chadron State College gives you the open space to create. We invite you to come explore the frontiers of your creativity with us.

We have a space waiting for you.

Graduating art students pose for a photo at their Senior Show, Spring 2007. From left, Kelly Schriber, Sarah Raben, Tania Bad Moccasin-Szewczyk, Chris Harbeson, Ivy Weldon and Ross Glassburn.Graduating art students pose for a photo at their Senior Show, Spring 2007. From left, Kelly Schriber, Sarah Raben, Tania Bad Moccasin-Szewczyk, Chris Harbeson, Ivy Weldon and Ross Glassburn.
Associate Professor Mary Donahue discusses placement with Bobbi Bath, an art major with a graphic design option, in Painting I. Associate Professor Mary Donahue discusses placement with Bobbi Bath, an art major with a graphic design option, in Painting I.

 

 

If you would like to know more about Chadron State College, the Art Department and its programs, or would like to arrange a personal tour, please call Mary Donahue, 308-432-6325 or email mdonahue@csc.edu.

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Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Chadron State College
1000 Main Street
Chadron, Nebraska 69337

Phone: 308-432-6317

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