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Engage, critique, and shape culture with programs in studio art, art history, and museum studies.

Students who study art and art history at DePauw University engage in professional experiences that enable them to launch their career in the arts. They create original contemporary art and develop independent research projects; heighten their visual literacy, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; and expand their abilities by exploring diverse cultural perspectives.

Graduate & Careers


Architect/designer, Artist, Art critic/historian, Art educator, Arts administrator, Arts researcher, Curator, Exhibition designer, Gallery professional, Illustrator, Museum collection manager


Boston University, Duke University, Florida State University, Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis Indiana University, Kansas State University, Louisiana State University, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., Savannah College of Art and Design, Stella Elkins Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia University of California, Berkeley, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, University of Michigan, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Washington University, St. Louis Yale University

Awards & Logos


  • Artist in Residence, art-st-urban, Switzerland
  • Artist in Residence, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Neb.
  • Competitive Research Award, DePauw University
  • Efroymson Arts Fellow, DePauw University
  • Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Art Residency with Odd Nerdrum, Stavern, Norway
  • Emerging Art Grant nominee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation
  • Frank W. Howes Grant for Independent Summer Research, DePauw University
  • Fritz Smith Art Memorial Award, DePauw University
  • Gloucester Painting Prize, Yale University School of Art
  • Great Rivers Biennial Arts Award, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis
  • Jane and David Stone Civic Award, DePauw University
  • Naomi Winston Scholarship, National Society of Arts and Letters
  • Outstanding Student Achievement, International Sculpture Center
  • Prindle Ethics Award, DePauw University
  • St(Art) Up Grant, The Dean Collection
  • Steven Trulaske Endowed International Scholarship, DePauw University


Company Logos


John Berry, MFA, Indiana University. A painter whose imagery compartmentalizes space into surfaces, hiding spots and barricades that explore the artifice of spatial illusion. He was awarded artist residencies in China, Germany and Vermont, and is represented by Josef Filipp Galerie in Leipzig, Germany.

Meredith Brickell, MFA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A ceramic artist who founded the House Life Project, a neighborhood initiative in Indianapolis that facilitated collaborations of artists and residents to activate vacant properties through creative, community-focused projects and public events. Brickell has participated in artist residencies in Chicago, Maine and Denmark, and is a recipient of a Peter S. Reed Foundation Fellowship.

Sarah Cowan, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. An art historian of modern and contemporary art of the Americas with a particular focus on Black feminist modernisms. Other interests include artistic notions of labor and laziness, landscape interventions, and textiles. Received a 2021 Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant for her book Howardena Pindell: Reclaiming Abstraction (Yale University 2022).

Lyle Dechant, Ph.D., Yale University. An art historian interested in medieval illuminated manuscripts; the history and materiality of reading practices; and visual manifestations of courtly love and eroticism. Won the 2016 Emerging Scholar Award from the International Society of Courtly Literature.

Lori Miles, MFA, University of Notre Dame. A sculptor who came to know art in her childhood home, where objects and images, including a papier-mache Rodney Dangerfield, were displayed alongside traditional artwork, creating what she calls “a palpable tension between the pedestrian nature of the objects and the heightened value they attained through our appreciation of them.” Awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Cynthia O’Dell, MFA, University of Colorado, Boulder. A photographer, video artist and author who employs an experimental documentary style to counter traditional modes of representation. Explores themes of gender identity; biography and self; and land, memory and place with the goal of finding beauty in the midst of the human struggle.

Pauline Ota, Ph.D., Stanford University. An art historian who studies 18th-century Japanese visual culture, particularly the visual “revolution” in two-dimensional art that changed the rendering of traditional subject matter, such as cityscapes. She also is interested in the pictorial expression of the supernatural – that is, how the seen, the known and the unknown intersect to produce imagery linked to literature, religion and the lived experience.

Natalia Vargas Márquez, PhD University of Minnesota. Art historian focused on the global early modern with an emphasis in Latin America. Her research is focused on representations of nature and non-human animals and the artistic production of Indigenous artists in the contexts of colonial occupation.

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