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 our 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

Photo of Caroline HoodCaroline Hood ’21
Hometown: Seymour, Tenn.

Caroline chose Maryville College because she knew it would both  acknowledge and challenge her abilities as an aspiring artist. Interested in “all things art,” she creates with and in acrylic, watercolor, ceramics, mixed media, textiles and photography. Her search for new muses has led her to a faculty-led travel-study course to Greece, an internship with well-known muralist Curtis Glover, and a scholarship for a weeklong intensive workshop at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Caroline recently exhibited landscapes painted on pennies for the District Galleryand Framery’s “Big Tiny Show.” “As creators, we do not save lives. Nor do we ensure protection or justify lawful freedom,” she said. “We are painters, sculptors, ceramists, printmakers and muralists. We are makers that shape the way society views the world. And for me, that is why I create.”

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Featured Graduates

Jackie FowlerJackie Sue Fowler ’16
Currently: Art teacher at Bonny Kate Elementary in Knoxville, Tenn., and a ceramicist

A sculpture class specially designed for Jackie Sue enabled her to be admitted to the University of Tennessee-Knoxville for graduate school. She earned a master’s degree in art education in two years and then landed a teaching job.
When she is not in the classroom, she is creating pottery and other art to sell in local galleries such as the Knoxville
Emporium, Schriver’s Boutique and the SoKno Market. But her first love is teaching. “Teaching elementary art is the best job in the world,” she said. “Some people say it’s the best because of the summers off, but it’s not. It’s the best because we get to see kids grow and be inspired and see their faces light up when you tell them that they’re a great
artist. It is the most rewarding job ever.”

Josh LindamoodJoshua 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 ReidBrian 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

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George Washington University
University of Iowa
University of Memphis
University of Michigan
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