Bring your creative vision to life. As an art major at Cornish, you’ll build your studio practice by honing your craft in a specific medium or by exploring all of Cornish’s media labs. Develop your technical skills and find inspiration all around in the vibrant, innovative city of Seattle.


BFA in Art

What Will You Learn
as An Art Major at Cornish?

Focus on one or a range of mediums including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and digital media.

You’ll spend significant time in the studio every day with faculty, studio technicians, and your classmates. All of them will contribute to your education through planned lessons, collaboration, and open studio time.

The first-year foundation program offers you an introduction to all visual art mediums and will include electives in art, design, and film. Create and contextualize art, build vocabulary, and learn to communicate your ideas.

See BFA Degree Requirements and 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)

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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

Student Work

Art Department

Art Faculty + Staff


Kevin Goodrich

Department Chair
Art | Humanities + Sciences

Rachel Brinn

Department Coordinator

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
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Satpreet Kahlon

Art | Design

Ilana Zweschi

Instructor, Visual Arts

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

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