Studio art at Lawrence is a rare best of several worlds.

Hone your creative identity through hands-on technical instruction and articulate artistic concepts while also gaining the critical perspectives of a liberal arts education. Artistic Lawrentians can immerse themselves in various media from the ancient art of bookmaking with Lawrence’s extensive collection of wooden type to the cutting-edge trends of visual art in new media.

Marifé Entenza-Sierra painting

Student Perspective

“We have this stereotype of the broke, starving artist…actually seeing and meeting people who do art on the daily and are making a decent living really shifted my perspective.” 

Marifé Entenza-Sierra ’23
Studio Art, Global Studies
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico


Makerspace | This is Lawrence

The Makerspace provides a collaborative environment where the entire Lawrence community comes together to create something entirely new.

Art hanging in gallery.

Wriston Galleries

With a wide variety of rotating exhibitions as well as a permanent art collection of 5,800 items, the Wriston Galleries are your haven for the best art on campus.

Studio art students enjoy courses covering a vibrant range of visual art disciplines from photomotion to graphic novels.

Explore requirements for a major or minor in studio art, and learn more about double majors and certifications.

Learn more about the creative backgrounds of the studio art faculty.

Student painting in Wriston

Create 24/7 in the Wriston Art Center

The Wriston Art Center features naturally lit studios with kilns and throwing wheels for ceramicists, a photographic darkroom, plus tools for fabricating mixed-media sculptures.

Letterpress and typesetting tools

Paper Fox Printmaking Workshop

Learn the crafts of printmaking, letterpress, silkscreen, papermaking, and book making from start to finish on professional print shop equipment in this collaborative and entrepreneurial workshop.

The Chandler Senior Experience

As a studio art seniors, you'll participate in the Senior Exhibition (a graduation requirement), and produce a digital portfolio of your work.

Recent Senior Experience projects include:

  • Dorito Skin (interdisciplinary using new media, performance, installation and sculpture to examine music videos and other cultural constructs)
  • A Psychoanalysis (critique of contemporary human condition using installation with printmaking and book arts)
  • For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People: The National Parks as America’s Best Sources of Nutrition (photo, video, and objects portraying landscape through junk food)

View a collection of Senior Experience projects.

Messy painting supplies

Art Outcomes

Let your creativity shine beyond the studio as your artistic talents take you to advanced studies and a variety of promising career paths.

Can you picture yourself at Lawrence? Apply for admission.

The best way to find out if Lawrence is the university for you is by visiting.

Your virtual tour starts at the Arch but be sure to check out Wriston, where Art classes are housed.