Art is more than a four-year program of study at Briar Cliff University. It is the beginning of a lifetime of experiences, growth, ideas and expression.
In BCU's art program, students develop an appreciation and understanding of various art forms through in-depth criticism, leading to artistic and intellectual growth. A strong foundation in art history and philosophy of art is also stressed. Courses introduce students to great artists and philosophies of the past and present.
Critical awareness is encouraged through exposure to art works in local and national galleries. Each year, the department visits art museums and galleries in larger metropolitan cities. The art department provides space for students to work in painting, pottery, sculpture, drawing and any other traditional or non-traditional technique or form. The Clausen Art Gallery in the Stark Center is a "working gallery," enabling students to view their own work in a gallery setting.
A partnership between two Siouxland universities is producing a unique piece of art work. Three-thousand thorns, including one thousand that are cast aluminum, are being attached to walls at the Clausen Art Gallery at Briar Cliff University.