The IU Southeast Fine Arts program is among the strongest at the Southeast campus due to its distinguished faculty, students, and 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.
More than 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 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.
What is the the value of the Fine Arts?
Artists and art historians shape the world we live in. Through critical study and practice, they engage and build communities, run businesses and art organizations, address economic and social problems, and lead research and innovation. Fine Arts encompasses a diversity of disciplines, ranging from handmade techniques and processes to emerging technologies. Through interdisciplinary practice and collaboration with faculty and fellow students, the Fine Arts program at IU Southeast prepares each student to pursue a lifetime of creative endeavors.
Support for Students
Merit-based scholarships and awards, such as the Martha K. Stem Scholarship, the Kate Torp Memorial Scholarship, the Adam Woeppel Fine Arts Scholarship, the Rebecca Jennings Award in the Visual Arts, and the Art History Research Paper Award, are available to qualifying Fine Arts majors.
Facilities and Resources
The Fine Arts facilities at IU Southeast prepare students for work in professional fields with well-equipped, state-of-the-art classrooms and studios for art history, art foundations, and the Fine Art studio discipline areas. The on-campus Barr Gallery provides a professional, contemporary exhibition space for students to curate, view, and document their work, as well as opportunities for fine arts students to engage with the work of professional and emerging artists on a national scale.
All IU students have free access to Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud software. With several fully equipped Macintosh computer labs, IU Southeast fine arts students have access to the best computer technology in the region. IU Southeast Fine Arts students may also take advantage of the Fine Arts Technology Checkout.
Students earning a degree from the Fine Arts program develop skills in research, critical thinking, collaboration, analysis, creative innovation, writing, and time management that are invaluable to an increasingly-expansive range of professional and artistic fields. These include careers as design strategists, artists, educators, curators, freelancers, gallery and arts administrators, studio managers, art directors, illustrators, entrepreneurs, videographers, and photographers, as well as the pursuit of degrees in competitive graduate programs. The art history concentration prepares students for graduate study as well as for positions in arts administration for museums, galleries, and other community arts organizations. Training in art history also provides students preparation for careers in business, communication, education, government, and law.