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Museum Graphic Designer, New York State Museum

Director, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, Calif.

Visual Effects Artist, Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc.

Events Manager, Savannah College of Art and Design

Art Instructor, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Art Director, Jung von Matt Advertising, Hamburg, Germany

Staff photographer, New York Daily News

Assistant photo editorFortune magazine

Creative Partner, Sperling Interactive

Professor, Community College of Rhode Island

Stylist, bebe Stores

Gallery Assistant, Hirschl & Adler Galleries

Creative Director, define:beauty Cosmetics

Sheri Park '13 combines her art and poetry.Sheri Park '13 combines her art and poetry.

Studio Fine Arts


As a Union College studio fine arts major, you can expect to thrive in an environment in which you gain the confidence and skills needed to create and appreciate art.

Study everything from digital animation to watercolor. At Union, you can choose from many areas of study, including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and two-dimensional design, digital arts, sculpture and ceramics.

Draw the dragonfly in a joint art-biology course, “The Illustrated Organism.” As a leader in interdisciplinary education, Union offers many opportunities to combine your interests in art with other disciplines. Also check out “Engineering Graphics” (with mechanical engineering) and “The Floating World: Edo Prints and Printmaking” (with art history).

Work one-on-one with faculty who are professional artists. Union professors are active in their fields, regularly exhibiting their work and garnering awards in prestigious shows.

Exhibit your work. Students enjoy real opportunities to show their work in the Burns Arts Atrium and in the Wikoff Student Gallery at the Nott Memorial.

Take field trips. Join your classmates and professors on excursions to New York City galleries, museums and studios. Discover local art attractions such as the Clark Art Institute, Mass MOCA and the Storm King Art Center.

Explore different genres, cultures and artistic perspectives. Make prints in a Paris atelier or photos in Vietnam. Pursue your art in other countries through terms and mini-terms abroad.

The department of visual arts also sponsors an exciting roster of visiting artists, including alumni who return to campus to talk about their experiences and career paths. And you will make professional connections through diverse internship placements.

Union graduates work as professional artists in a variety of venues, including museums and galleries, and in careers ranging from communications and teaching to dentistry and medicine.