Art & Design Department



Academic advising is a crucial part of getting the most from your time as an art and design major at Harding. Plan to schedule an appointment with your adviser two-weeks prior to registration week in both fall and spring semesters. Remind your adviser if you plan on participating in a study abroad program or want to get your teacher licensure, as these will impact course choices. Make sure you check for holds on your accounts that might delay your registering for classes. Registering as early as your classification allows ensures that you get the best schedule. Classes fill up fast–register quickly.

Art Education

Dr. John Keller, Ph.D. - Department Chair, Professor of Art

Beverly Austin, M.A. - Assistant Professor of Art

Fine Art

Dr. John Keller, Ph.D. - Department Chair, Professor of Art

Greg Clayton, M.F.A. - Associate Professor of Art

Steven Choate, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Art

Faye Doran, Ed.D. - Professor of Art

Graphic Design

We have a sample schedule pdf available that can be of help as you are planning your semesters, though it is just a suggestion. You will most likely need to rearrange courses due to closed classes along the way.

Daniel Adams, M.F.A. - Professor of Art

Stacy Gibson, M.F.A. - Associate Professor of Art

Interior Design

We have a sample schedule pdf available that can be of help as you are planning your semesters, though it is just a suggestion. You will most likely need to rearrange courses due to closed classes along the way.

Amy Cox, M.B.A., B.S., ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ® - Assistant Professor of Art

Sarah Wilhoit, Ph.D., ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ® 022374 - Assistant Professor of Art, Interior Design Program Director

Study Abroad

Art and Design International Studies. Every three years, Art and Design attempts to provide this opportunity for a new group of students.

Art & Design International (Summer 2016)

Participants will spend the first two weeks on Harding's campus in classes before traveling to Europe for five to six weeks. We will tour parts of Italy, Spain, France, and England studying European art, design, and architecture.

Classes offered:
ART 232 Art Survey Renaissance to WWII
ART 265 Photography
IDA 373 History of Architecture and Interior Design
HUM 273 World Civilization and Humanities 3 hours (required course)
*a one hour bible class may be required

Limited space is available. For more information about the greatness of the program, contact Amy Cox at If you have any questions about courses, cost, and applications, contact the International Programs office."


Information and Guidelines

The Harding University Department of Art & Design has scholarships that range from $250 to $600 per year. You must meet the criteria listed below to be eligible for one of the scholarships. Please remember that you are competing with other applicants. Do not let this discourage you, but a complete and timely application is important. All applications must be received no later than April 15. Scholarship winners will be notified as soon as possible, usually within a month of the deadline.

Scholarship Criteria

  1. You must be a declared art major and show financial need. Do this by way of personal letter to the chair of the Department of Art & Design.
  2. Send an unofficial copy of your high school or college transcript.
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from on of your art teachers.
  4. Submit a portfolio (as outlined below) of your best work.
  5. Get everything to us between March 1 and April 15. mail correspondence to the address below.

All submitted work should be original. that is, it should be done from observation of real life, from photographs that you have taken, or from your imagination. Original work better represents your abilities than work that has been copied from published photographs or another's art. When assigning scholarships considerable weight will be given to originality. If it is not possible to send original work you may submit a portfolio of photographs (slides or prints) or your work. These should be good quality photographs.  

Portfolio Contents

  1. Include between six and twelve pieces, depending on size and quality.
  2. We suggest that you include a self-portrait, preferably from a mirror.
  3. All submitted work should be clearly marked with your name. Enclose a sheet that has your name, address, and phone number as well as a listing of all your submitted pieces.
  4. a variety of media (pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen & ink, watercolor, oil or acrylic paintings) needs to be included. Some of the work should be in color. Please send photographs of three-dimensional work rather than the actual pieces. If you choose to submit a portfolio o photographs of your work, rather than the originals, be sure the photographs are good quality. Shoot them outside to get the best color.

If you send your portfolio by mail, please wrap it securely in a reusable carton. We will either return it to you by mail, or if you desire we will hold it for you to pick up. If we can be of any assistance to you please let us know. Our office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.