Opportunities abound for design students who desire to put their skills to work. Students are often recruited to design for local businesses, ministries, and civic groups. On campus design work includes designing dorm apparel, class t-shirts, posters, and more. Potential projects are frequently announced through e-mail, so all you have to do is keep your eyes and ears open.
AIGA at Cedarville: Consider joining The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the national organization for student and professional graphic designers. Through AIGA, you will have opportunities to attend annual conferences, listen to multiple speakers in different areas of the country, and participate in various other events that will advance your knowledge of design, its history, and practice. Cedarville's AIGA student group is an active organization and a member of the Cincinnati chapter.
The STUDIO: CU Society of Art and Design: The STUDIO is a student-led organization promoting community and mentoring among Art and Design students. Check out The CU Design Major's Survival Guide, their annual publication providing a collection of sage wisdom and resources that help you make the most of your academic experience in the visual arts.
Photography Club: The Cedarville Photography Club provides opportunities for everyone within the Cedarville University family - students, staff, and faculty - to learn, share, and fellowship about their common interests in all areas of photography and imaging as a hobby, artistic medium, and profession. Furthermore, the Cedarville Photography Club promotes a Christ-centered and Christ-honoring approach to photography and imaging as a medium for personal, artistic, and professional expression. The club holds regular meetings on campus each year and often arranges for local photography excursions and opportunities.
SCAB "Art in the Open" Shows: Cedarville's Student Center Activity Board hosts several student art shows every year known as "Art in the Open." You are invited to submit your recent creations for the exhibits. Pieces are hung in the bottom floor of the Student Center for all students to enjoy as they go to check their mail, visit the bookstore, or relax with friends over coffee from Rinnova.
Annual Art Student Exhibition: The Annual Art Student Exhibition is a juried exhibition featuring work from both graphic design and studio art students. All art majors are strongly encouraged to submit pieces either from their classes or from their personal work. Selections are prominently displayed in a special exhibit on the upper level of the Stevens Student Center.
Dayton Art Institute: Make the half-hour drive to Dayton, and you will be rewarded with an inspiring visit to the Dayton Art Institute. All regular galleries are open to the public free of admission (which works well for college budgets!). Recent special exhibits (which you can view for a reasonable cost) have included works by Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Renoir, and ancient Egyptian artists.
Springfield Museum of Art: The Springfield Museum of Art maintains a collection of both American and local art. It also houses a public art reference library, which contains more than 4500 art books and journals. You can now enjoy a free visit to the museum on Sundays from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Cincinnati Art Museum: If you can make the trip to Cincinnati (about an hour from Cedarville), you can enjoy free admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum. Their galleries, which are open 6 days a week, are home to more than 60,000 works.
Columbus Museum of Art: CMA houses art that speaks to diverse interests and styles. The museum has an outstanding collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American and European modern art. The collection includes spectacular examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Cubism. CMA is also recognized for extraordinary regional collections such as the largest public collection of woodcarvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce and the world’s largest repository of paintings and lithographs by Columbus native George Bellows, who is widely regarded as the finest American artist of his generation