The Art program at Ohio Dominican University prepares the next generation of smart, innovative, and conscientious art professionals to become leaders in the local community and, ultimately, the world at large. Students develop habits of collaboration, critical thinking and reflection.
ODU's Art program seeks to teach students the power of visual language, the ethics and aesthetics behind visual culture and the social responsibility of production, while preparing individual students to find their artistic voice. We do this through a dynamic curriculum, which takes place both inside and outside of the University’s walls – in classrooms, community centers, studios, museums, and various nonprofit sites.
We have a pragmatic major, which attempts to demonstrate the relevance of art to society at large, and to the individual student through personal intellectual discovery and empowerment. The curriculum grooms individual students on a conceptual and technical basis through a foundations curriculum, which allows them to choose an area of emphasis in Art, Design or Art Education.
The Art Department carefully balances learning and practice. Students get practical, real-world experience starting with their first classes. The Wehrle Art Gallery functions as a lab for the program. Students help curate, design and install exhibitions as well as exhibit their own work. Nearly 100 percent of our students participate in some form of internship, either on or off campus.
Dr. Janette Knowles presents regularly on travel pedagogy, and Art and Ecology at national conferences. She has worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art, the UNESCO World Heritage site and the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium.