Why study Art at MC?

The art major at Maryville College will challenge you with a stimulating program of study that balances individual instruction, cooperative learning and independent research. Internships and “real world” projects such as the creation of public murals and the management of the College’s art galleries will help you discern your career path and prepare you for graduate school and the workforce. Alumni of our program are painters, illustrators, free-lance photographers, ceramicists and printmakers. Others manage art supply stores, teach art in public schools or at the university level, and work in museums and galleries.


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Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External Relationships

Arrowmont School of Art & Crafts
Knoxville Museum of Art
General Services Administration
Peninsula Hospital
Mane Support

Meet a current student

Casey Clarke ’18
Hometown: Maryville, Tenn.

To fulfill a high school art assignment years ago, Casey met and interviewed Art Professor Carl Gombert about his job. Four years later, she was enrolled in Gombert’s art classes and helping him with the College’s art galleries. “It was my first time hanging up art shows and really neat because I got to meet many of the artists. After college, I plan to move out west and work in a gallery or museum,” Casey said. “Maryville College has pushed me to try new things and thoroughly develop my skills. Here, the teachers genuinely care about helping students thrive on their artistic journey by being skilled at what they do and providing them with opportunities outside the classroom.”

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduate

Joshua Lindamood ’16
Currently: Planning an international art business

Joshua, who double-majored in art and management, received a full scholarship to attend the world-famous Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y., last summer, and further develop his ceramics skills. Since returning, he has been utilizing his New York network to develop a business that focuses on ceramics, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and interior design services. “After graduation, Chautauqua Institute was the perfect setting to practice all of my skills that I learned from Maryville College’s art and business departments,” he said.

Brian Reid ’16
Currently: Atlanta-based artist; theprideartist.com

For his Senior Study, Brian spent one year creating a mural on portable canvas that eventually was installed in the College’s Fayerweather Hall. The impressive mural features Anderson Hall, campus scenes and several students. Working with clients and creating and preparing artwork for public display were lessons he learned from the project and now uses every day. “The professors at MC taught me to create interesting artwork that is both efficient and effective while under deadline,” he said. “Since graduating, I have been able to handle various private commissions and art installations. Utilizing the skills learned and developed at Maryville, I am now able to use public art to inspire and contribute to the communities I live in and visit.”

Graduate School Placements

Duke University
George Washington University
University of Iowa
University of Memphis
University of Michigan
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Faculty & Staff

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Ms. Adrienne Schwarte

Chair, Division of Fine Arts, Associate Professor of Art
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Dr. Carl Gombert

Professor of Art
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Mr. Mark Hall

Professor Emeritus, Art; Adjunct Instructor of Art
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Mr. Morgan Manning

Assistant Professor of Art
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Mr. John Allen

Adjunct Instructor of Art
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Ms. Paula Campbell

Adjunct Instructor of Art, Photography
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Mr. Michael Barron Hall

Adjunct Instructor of Ceramics and 3-D Sculpture
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