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Studio Fine Arts

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.

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 Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts 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.

"I have developed lasting relationships with working artists who specialize in painting, 3D computer modeling and sculpting – and who have challenged me to pursue my interests and maximize my potential."
- Nathan Singer

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.

Meet some of our faculty


Sandra Wimer

Sandra Wimer

Senior lecturer in visual arts
M.F.A., University at Albany
Special interests: Printmaking, design, drawing

Chris Duncan

Chris Duncan

Baker Professor of Visual Arts
B.A., Colby College
Special interests: Sculpture, drawing, three-dimensional design

Laini Nemette

Laini Nemette

Professor
M.F.A, John D. MacArthur Assistant Professor of Visual Arts
Special interests: Painting, drawing

Fernando Orellana

Fernando Orellana

Associate professor
M.F.A., The Ohio State University
Special interests: Digital art, robotic art, interactive art, design

After Union


Staff photographer, New York Daily News

Stylist, bebe Stores

Museum graphic designer, New York State Museum

Creative partner, Sperling Interactive

Art instructor, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Visual effects artist, Dreamworks Animation SKG Inc.