What You Can Do With A Major in Studio Art or in Art History

The most basic answer to the question, What do you do with a major in Studio Art or in Art History is to take lifelong pleasure and achieve personal enrichment by creating, viewing, and understanding art in a historical context. A major in Studio Art or in Art History also prepares students for a variety of different careers, and our graduates follow many different and exciting paths. The following list gives just a few examples of the kinds of professional work our majors are doing, from the recent graduates to those well established professionally.

Examples of positions obtained by art graduates:

  • Designer for TBWA Advertising, New York
  •  Director, Denver Art Museum, Colorado
  • Professor of art history, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Owner of galleries specializing in old masters paintings, New York & Paris
  • Professor of ceramics, Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey
  • Landscape Architect, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Education coordinator, Bullseye Glass, Portland
  • Co-owner of art gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Examples of museum and gallery work:

  • Partner, Shepherd Galleries in New York.
  • Founder of Haboldt Galleries, New York and Paris
  • Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland
  • Publications Manager and Graphic Designer for the newly named and relocated Museum of Contemporary Crafts in Portland.
  • Founder of Gallery 500 in Portland.

Examples of journalism and filmmaking:

  • Photojournalist. Featured in Aperture this past year and has published essays in Photo District News, the New York Times, and Time Magazine.
  • Documentary Filmmaker. Documented the impact of the Hanford Nuclear and Chemical Weapons Depot.
  • Assistant at Mirabella Studios
  • Provides visual references for commercial, film, and music video directors in Los Angeles.

Examples of teaching and graduate work:

  • Professor of Art History at Loyola University, Chicago.
  • Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Wichita State University, Kansas
  • Art Department Chair and Professor of Ceramics at Rowen University, NJ
  • MFA in photography from Columbia College in Chicago.
  • MFA in sculpture from Portland State University.
  • MFA in Ceramics at the University of Tennessee
  • MFA in Ceramics at the University of Arizona
  • MFA in Sculpture at Chico State
  • MFA in Ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Graduate School of Art
  • MFA in Sculpture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • MFA Pennsylvania Academy of Art
  • MA in Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA in Architecture, University of Oregon

Examples of art in business:

  • Public Relations Manager at Groth Vineyards, Napa Valley
  • Interior Design
  • Sustainable Architecture firm
  • Landscape Architecture

Examples of student internships:

  • Portland Art Museum, Portland
  • Lis DeMarco Graphic Design Agency, Portland
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Fletcher Finch Farr Architects, Portland
  • University of Oregon Museum, Eugene
  • Drawing Center, New York
  • Wieden+Kennedy, Portland
  • Polaroid 20 x 24 Studio, New York
  • Oregon Historical Society, Portland