Cornish Programs


Students in the Art Department are immersed in an education dedicated to thinking through making. They learn to balance the necessary skill-sets of an education in the arts: technical development, research, collaboration, and experimentation. Along the way, faculty support, challenge and mentor students as they build the skills and knowledge essential to a career as a working artist.

Art Student wearing apron working in large urban studio in Cornish Main campus

What To Expect

in Art

Whether you’re interested in one discipline or many, our faculty are committed to providing tools, space, and guidance to support your arts education.  Art majors pursuing a BFA at Cornish can focus on developing their craft in one or more of the following areas: drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and video/new media.  

Learn more about our BFA degree requirements and review our model program/advising worksheet:

Model Program
I’m still friends with and in connection with many of the friends and teachers that I went through my Cornish experience with. They provided my base and introduction to the art scene in Seattle.Matt Sellars (AR ‘93)

Explore  Your Major


It takes guts to be an artist. To look society in the face and declare, We are not a luxury!—that takes guts.Michelle Domanowski (AR '16), from Commencement Address

Program Faculty + Administration


Kevin Goodrich

Department Chair

Bonnie Biggs


Erin Elyse Burns

Assistant Professor

Robert Campbell


Gayle Clemans

Associate Professor of Critical + Contextual Studies
Humanities + Sciences

Elizabeth Darrow

Professor of Art History/Technical Art History

Cable Griffith

Assistant Professor

Laura Newlon

Associate Professor

Ben Beres

Instructor, Printmaking
Satpreet Kahlon Headshot

Satpreet Kahlon

Art | Design | Core staff

Ilana Zweschi

Instructor, Visual Arts
Core staff

Casey Curran

Sculpture Lab Technician
Core staff

Tory Franklin

Print Lab Resource Technician
Core staff

Betzalel Massarano

3D Fabrication Resource Lab Technician
Core staff

Kristin Swenson-Lintault

Visual Arts Resource Manager
Core staff

Bradley Taylor

Printmaking Studio Technician

Faculty Emeriti | Art

Ruth Tomlinson, Professor Emerita | 2004 – 2020
Kathleen Rabel, Professor Emerita |  1975 – 2014
John Overton, Professor Emeritus | 1975-2014


Program Information

Admissions Information

Office of Admission

Main Campus Center
Floor 3
(800) 726-ARTS