Why Study Fine Arts at IU Southeast?

Artists create much of the world in which we live. They not only enhance and beautify, they inform, enlighten, and entertain. Art challenges us to see things from new and unique perspectives and to think and feel things we have not imagined. Artists help us define our views of the world, our values, and our social beliefs.

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The IU Southeast Fine Arts department is among the strongest at the Southeast campus through its distinguished faculty, its students, and its ability to form liaisons with local and regional fine arts programs and organizations. The Fine Arts at IU Southeast is a challenging, innovative, and supportive learning program committed to the intellectual and social growth of students, and to the cultural well being of the region.

Occupying three floors of Knobview Hall, the Fine Arts program boasts eight fully equipped classroom studios. Exhibition spaces include the Ronald L. Barr Gallery, where we exhibit artwork by students and faculty at IUS as well as visiting artists and travelling exhibitions. An additional exhibition space, the SpaceLab, is located within the ceramics area. Our visiting artist program is robust as we typically bring about 5-7 national and international artists in each year for workshops, lectures, and demonstrations.

Over 200 students representing a broad cross section of our regional community are currently enrolled as Fine Arts majors at IU Southeast. Many Fine Arts majors reside in Louisville, taking advantage of the resident tuition rates provided by the reciprocity agreement between Kentucky and Indiana. The program is led by 19 Full-time and Part-time faculty, all of which have terminal degrees in their field.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the of Fine Arts program at Indiana University Southeast is to continuously design, build, and implement high quality programs of study in the visual arts and art history that supports, integrates, and contributes to the missions of the School of Arts and Letters and the University. The program affirms and nurtures the intellectual and creative spirits of each individual while providing knowledge and structure to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and art history and of their contributions to the cultures and histories of humanity. Each student is encouraged to develop their own unique vision and critical thinking methods, and to come to a greater understanding and appreciation of the diverse responses and contributions of others. Students will explore how and why they work creatively, as well as develop appreciation for art in both a contemporary and historical context.

To be successful as an artist is a formidable undertaking. The process demands discipline and commitment, perseverance and dedication, and hard work. Both the journey and the destination are richly rewarding. The goal of the IU Southeast department of Fine Arts is to maximize your potential as an artist and to help you realize your dreams. To that end we will challenge you at every stage to achieve your very best. By becoming a Fine Arts major at IU Southeast, you will join a community dedicated to preparing you to meet the challenges and reap the rewards that accompany success as an artist. It is our goal to give the best and most thorough art education we can provide and to encourage each student to be the artist he or she aspires to be.


The department of Fine Arts awards degrees from two different programs, the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) and the B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts). The Bachelor of Arts is the most common undergraduate degree, incorporating a general education component in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics, besides the creative experiences in studio art classes and Art History (54 credit hours).

The B.F.A. is the standard undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual arts. The degree differs from a Bachelor of Arts degree in that the majority of the program consists of a practical studio component and Art History (78 credit hours), as contrasted with lecture and discussion classes.

Foundation Studio Requirements

All students in the Department of Fine Arts devote their first two years to a basic art program. Incoming freshmen complete two art history and four studio art courses: two Art History Survey courses, Drawing Fundamentals, 3-D Design, 2-D Design and Color Theory, and Computer Art and Design. The last four classes listed comprise the Studio Foundations Program. This foundation of study provides all students with a commonalty of information needed for advanced studies in all areas within the department. The studio courses build skills in the elements and principles of art, problem solving, and oral and written communications. Models of art from the 20th Century are used extensively to prepare the student for more advanced study and to give a stronger sense of contemporary art movements.

Foundation Studio Courses
  • F100 Intro to Drawing
  • F101 3-D Design; Prerequisite
  • F102 2-D / Color Design; Prerequisite
  • P273 Computer Art and Design

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts degree focuses on art and design within the context of a program of liberal studies. A Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts at Indiana University Southeast is a four-year program comprised of six studio concentrations with supporting courses in Art History:

Students can focus in one or more of these studio concentrations and can also minor in Art History.

Foundations courses at IU Southeast are required of all students majoring in Fine Arts. These courses provide a fundamental background in design and composition (both 3D and 2D). This basic foundation in visual principles and design is essential for students as they develop concepts and ideas that can be applied to their own creative work.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at Indiana University Southeast is tailored to the needs of today's professional artist. It is different from other fine arts degrees in that it offers flexibility to work across a range of media from painting to graphic and web design to ceramics, drawing and printmaking--and you can do this either as a part-time or full-time student. With an Individualized Major Program also in place at IUS, you could earn a BFA in painting with an emphasis on medical illustration. Although you can be a discipline-specific practitioner of one particular medium in our program, such as a painter, ceramicist, or graphic designer, we also encourage and nurture students who can eventually solve artistic problems across a range of different media.

At IU Southeast, the Bachelor of Fine Arts program offers challenging individual majors in painting (both acrylic and oil painting media), drawing (with a wide range of drawing materials and mixed media), graphic design media, ceramics (wheel and hand-built), and printmaking (including a variety of media such as silkscreen, lithography, relief, and intaglio). These five studio disciplines are not exclusive; you have the flexibility to explore more than one area. Importantly, the disciplines are integrated around theory seminars and art history that deal with issues of process and context shared throughout the fine arts field.  There is also an emphasis on critical thinking both in terms of individual work and broader cultural contexts.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at Indiana University Southeast find employment in a variety of positions within the arts professions, including curatorial work, gallery administration, design, research and teaching, continued study in competitive graduate programs, as well as participating in individual and group-generated projects and studio practice.

For a personal tour of our facilities and more in-depth introduction to our exciting program, please don't hesitate to contact us for an appointment at by contacting the department at (812) 941-2413.

The department of Fine Arts regularly conducts formal reviews and advising session for all Fine Arts majors, including all in-coming students wishing to transfer from other institutions. The purpose of advising and reviews is to assist students in planning their courses of study and selecting the appropriate studio concentration or major discipline of study particular to their talents and educational goals. The reviews also enable transfer students to be awarded earned credits for study from other studio programs.



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Anne E. Guernsey Allen
Professor of Fine Arts
Phone: (812) 941-2396
Office Location: KV 200 Q
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Debra Clem
Professor of Fine Arts
Phone: (812) 941-2358
Office Location: KV 134
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Brian Harper
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Ceramics Area Coordinator
Ronald L. Barr Gallery Co-Coordinator
Phone: (812) 941-2349
Office Location: KV 036
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Brian H. Jones
Professor of Fine Arts
Phone: (812) 941-2407
Office Location: KV 132
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Emily Sheehan
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Phone: (812) 941-2412
Office Location: KV 034
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The department of Fine Arts at Indiana University Southeast offers students many avenues of support and professional experiences to augment their studio and academic education through scholarships and internships. All awards are competitive and require reviews of academic progress reports and portfolios of visual work.