Whether you’re a classical artist who paints, sculpts or draws, or an artist whose canvas is a computer screen, Lakeland College will help you flourish. Our two art major options – art with a studio emphasis and art with a graphic design emphasis – are designed to meet your specific needs and make you stand out to potential employers in your chosen profession. “I think what most parents ask is, why would you major in art? What can you do with this?” says Denise Presnell-Weidner, associate professor of art. “Is there a career? Is there a future in this? Well, today, especially in the area of graphics, there are a lot of jobs in that area. Graphics are everywhere.”
Broad spectrum knowledge
All art majors at Lakeland College will learn time-tested art theories and techniques. Traditional classes in design, drawing, color theory and art history are in the core academic mix. Later, students gravitate toward their true artistic love.
“Then the students will discover what they really want to do,” says Presnell-Weidner, who has served Lakeland College for almost three decades. “Do they want to work on a computer all the time or would they rather sculpt or paint?”
Lakeland features a “Mac Lab” that includes the latest software for graphic design applications.
Says Presnell-Weidner: “We’ve learned how to bring both contemporary ideas into our program while maintaining the traditional programs that make a strong art student a strong graduate.”
Snapshot of Success
Name: Hiroe Terasawa
Hometown: Yamagata, Japan
Title: Sock designer
Business: Wigwam Socks (Sheboygan, Wis.)
Ever since she was a little girl, Hiroe says, she dreamed of living in the United States and using her creative ability to build a career. Through hard work and talent, that dream is coming true.
Fresh off her graduation in May, 2013, Hiroe is working full time in the marketing department at Wigwam Socks, designing women’s casual and ski socks. She has created more than 20 unique sock designs so far, some of which could end up in the marketplace.
“I love this job,” says Hiroe, who earned her Lakeland degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. “This is exactly what I want to do, and the people I work with are very nice.”
With assistance from Lakeland College Associate Professor of Art Denise Presnell-Weidner, Hiroe interviewed for – and earned – the paid, post-graduate internship position in March, 2013.
Lakeland’s faculty members and the career development office helped Hiroe prepare for the interview, she says. Her college curriculum, which included extensive training in Adobe software programs such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, prepared her for the job she’s enjoying so much today.
Hiroe’s Lakeland College journey actually began at Lakeland College Japan, in Tokyo. After earning her Associate of Arts degree, she transferred to Lakeland College’s main campus in Sheboygan.
“Everything was new to me,” she recalls about her move to Wisconsin. “Food, culture, language, everything I did at Lakeland was challenging for me. I tried my best all the time, so my college life could be full and exciting. I believe my efforts are paying off.”
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Art at Lakeland
When our art students produce great work, we like to make sure it's seen and appreciated by others.
At Lakeland, excellence is regularly showcased, through our senior exhibits and the school year-ending student exhibition. That popular annual event, at the Bradley Art Gallery, features up to 500 pieces of students' "A" level work from all disciplines of art.
Senior exhibits provide our talented graduating artists with the opportunity to display their work to peers and visiting family and friends. Each senior gives a brief presentation and answers questions from members of the audience.
"The students prepare the work, they put the work up themselves, they do their own labeling, their own lighting, their own advertising, and it's really on their shoulders," Presnell-Weidner says.