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Artists at Valpo are enriched by galleries on campus, the northern Indiana landscape, and the cultural resources of nearby Chicago.

Art on campus

Valpo’s campus offers many opportunities to view art up close, from the Chapel of the Resurrection to the Christopher Center. The Center for the Arts houses the Brauer Museum of Art, which is always free to students. The museum displays rotating exhibits as well as the nationally-recognized collection of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American art. Its 3,000-piece permanent collection includes works by Frederic Edwin Church, Asher B. Durand, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ed Paschke.

Additional gallery spaces provide art students with a venue for displaying their work and a chance to view the works of local and regional artists. Learn about gallery spaces »

In creating their own art, students have room to spread out by using space in the Art and Psychology building. Additional art department resources are housed in the Center for the Arts »

Inspiring ecology

The diverse ecosystems of Northwest Indiana offer inspiration for painters, photographers, and more. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, along the coast Lake Michigan, is one of the nation’s most diverse habitats. Other local resources include The Kankakee River and the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, which provides a stop-over for sandhill cranes on their annual migration. Valpo students can explore these spaces in their artwork and through Valpo classes on biology, environmental science, and geography.

Cultural capital

Chicago, the largest city in the Midwest, is just a 75-minute drive from the Valpo campus. Field trips are a common feature of studio classes, which visit museums including the Art Institute, the Terra Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as many different art galleries.

Buses, trains, and campus shuttles bring students into the city for both formal and informal learning opportunities. Outside of class, students can take advantage of the city’s numerous concerts and sporting events. For international and domestic students alike, simply walking through new neighborhoods can be an exposure to different cultures, ideas, flavors, and experiences — all of which can prompt a creative response.