Why study Art at MC?

The Maryville College Art Department strives to prepare students for lifelong intellectual and emotional engagement with the study and practice of art. The purpose of the art program is to introduce, encourage and strengthen skills, attitudes and knowledge that enable students to become creators, caretakers and advocates of the arts.

The Art Department is an academic community committed to challenging students with a stimulating program of study that balances individual instruction, cooperative learning and independent research. For Art majors and Art minors, the art curricula complements broad knowledge grounded in the liberal arts tradition with specialized expertise in the students' chosen field. For all students, the curriculum embraces the belief that art both enriches and is enriched by its interconnectedness with other areas of human behavior. Art Majors choose from the following concentration areas: Drawing, Ceramics, Painting, and Photography.


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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

Isabella Crockett ’17
Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn.

Described by one of her professors as the “owner of a wildly inventive imagination,” Bella has focused her art study on drawing. In the summer of 2016, she was selected to participate in workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. “Right up front – studying here really does improve your skill,” she said. “The curriculum pushes you to be versatile with mediums and techniques. The added bonus of it being fun and inspiring helps you develop a work ethic to be reckoned with. This art program goes beyond equipping one for independence in a competitive field. I couldn’t have asked for a better outlet for such talented people to pay attention to and support my ideas.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

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.

Graduate School Placements

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

Faculty & Staff

Ms. Adrienne Schwarte

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

Professor 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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