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Andrea Ferrigno

Chair & Associate Professor of Art

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Galesburg, IL 61401



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3 Ways to Experience Your Education

1. Explore art in the world.

Several times each year, the art department takes students to Chicago or St Louis to visit museums and galleries. Art students need to see great and current art, and we're committed to those opportunities.

For a more immersive experience, Knox in New York is a unique short-term program that starts with a fall course at Knox and culminates in a two-week December visit to New York City to tour museums and galleries, take part in an intensive drawing course through New York Studio School, and visit artists' studios.

For students interested in a summer arts experience, The Department of Art helps place students in programs to expand and deepen their education. Among these are the Chautauqua Institution and the Summer Arts Program in Oxbow, Michigan.

2. Gain serious experience.

Intermediate and advanced students can initiate all kinds of independent projects. Both within and outside of courses, the department supports art students who develop performances, installation projects, outdoor works, exhibits, or events. For students who want to go further, Honors Projects are an opportunity for the most accomplished students to pursue creative or scholarly projects at the most rigorous level. Grant funding exists to help support student-driven projects in the arts.

Open Studio is a senior capstone experience for studio art majors. It's an intensive term in which students concentrate their energy toward a body of work for their senior show. The course includes six hours of critiques weekly, in addition to workshops, trips, and meetings with a faculty mentor.

Each year, one or two exceptional seniors are offered a Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship to spend a fifth year assisting the department while furthering their creative work toward graduate school applications.

3. Explore life after Knox through an internship.

There's no better way to explore the possibilities of life after Knox than internships (many found with the assistance of the Bastian Family Center for Career Success). Here are a few recent examples:

  • Photographer Intern, CEDARst Company, North Magazine, Chicago, IL, Jiaqi Li '16.
  • Editorial Intern, Scholastic Publishing, New York, NY, Carmen Ribaudo '16.
  • Therapeutic Art Activity Instructor, Wediko Children's Services, Windsor, NH, Ryan Hansen '14.

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Printed on Tuesday, September 26, 2023