Art and Digital Media

The Department of Art and Digital Media at Olivet Nazarene University endeavors to provide a rigorous visual arts education that inspires and equips students to become lifelong practitioners of the visual arts. Rooted in a Christian worldview, we strive to prepare students for creative professional service, fostering collaborative thinking within our global society.  


About the Degree

Through classes, critiques and conversations, students work through their artistic struggles to achieve success. With a variety of concentrations including Drawing, Painting, Photography, Graphic Design and Media Arts, students get hands-on experience and learn how to sharpen their abilities in various forms of art. Olivet offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.), a professional degree that offers students more breadth and depth within our department and prepares students for life after graduation whether that be graduate school or employment. In addition, we have a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) which requires less hours and is a great option for students interested in a double major. 

Studio Art (BFA)

Art Education (BFA)

Art (BA)



Apple awarded ONU their Apple Distinguished Award for 2019-2022, with a focus on Art & Digital Media’s creative use of the iPad, MacBook Pro, and various Apple and third-party applications throughout our program.

  • Apple Distinguished Educators

  • Apple TVs & Presentation

Within the Art & Digital Media Department, we have requirements for PC and Apple MacBooks in order to handle the necessary programs within the Art Industry.

  • Students are recommended to purchase MacBook Pro laptops, available for purchase through the university purchase programs with Apple.

Art Scholarship

We encourage every student to apply for a freshman Art Scholarship. Get rewarded for your talent!

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Gallery Space on Campus

The Victorian House Art Gallery regularly features exhibits from visiting artists and is open to Olivet students and the community. Additionally, students' work is professionally lighted and displayed, in the Weber Center Gallery, Sims Main Gallery, Sims Entrance Gallery and the lobby of Strickler Planetarium.

Olivet Art Exhibitions

By the Numbers
minutes from Chicago
student-to-faculty ratio
galleries on campus
network of Olivet alumni

Our Faculty

A conceptual artist, teacher and curator, Jon Seals has exhibited his artwork in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and universities through the U.S. He curates an annual art exhibition at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music. His essays, review and works of art have appeared in ArtPulse Magazine, Letters Literary Art Journal, Palimpsest Magazine and Reflections Magazine.

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Victorian House Gallery

In 2015, the Victorian House Gallery opened its doors as the Department of Art and Digital Media’s visiting artists exhibition space at Olivet Nazarene University, and has since exhibited contemporary visual artists living and working throughout the United States.

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Senior Show Exhibitions

In Senior Thesis, students design and deliver their own art shows, professionally lighted and displayed, in the Weber Center Gallery, Sims Main Gallery, Sims Entrance Gallery and the lobby of Strickler Planetarium. 

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Faculty Artwork

Ineffable Manifestations

Olivet Nazarene University faculty members Jon Seals ’03 and Bill Greiner presented original artwork in the Miller Hall Inaugural Art Exhibition “Ineffable Manifestations” at Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, Connecticut in summer 2019. The exhibition celebrated the opening of Miller Hall and the Institute of Sacred Music’s dedicated support of the arts.

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Study Abroad

Expand your knowledge and deepen your understand of other countries and cultures by choosing to study abroad.

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Chicago’s Arts Community Next Door

Gallery Row, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the many other galleries and venues of our country’s third largest city are just an hour away.

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