• Art Students with their Artwork
  • Shane Pack in front of some of his artwork
  • Bonnie Zimmer with alumni

    Alumni keep in touch with SJC faculty:  Associate Prof. Bonnie Zimmer with two former students, Lauren Moretti ’07 (L) and Shelly Klotzbach ’06 (R), at the Chicago Art Institute: “We spent the day together and had a wonderful little reunion.”

Department of Art

The SJC Department of Art is dedicated to fulfilling the needs of both the student artist and the student interested in Art. Courses are offered in Drawing, Design, Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Ceramics, and more. Through hands-on experience and with the guidance of our award winning Art faculty members, SJC Art students develop the techniques, visual sensibility, and historical understanding necessary to foster individual artistic growth in an atmosphere of creative collaboration and community.

Clubs and Activities

Awards and Honors

  • SJC Alumni Service Award, 2013 (Bonnie Zimmer)
  • Tippecanoe Arts Federation Bravo for the Arts’s John Corey Arts Leadership Award, 2012 (Bonnie Zimmer)
  • Dick Blick Juried Art Show’s Second Place Best of Show, 2011 (Corey Crum)
  • Indiana State University’s Student Juried Show’s Kraig A Gibbons Memorial Award for Sculpture, 2009 (Corey Crum)

Recent Exhibitions and Publications

Professor Bonnie Zimmer

  • “In Harmony with Nature or Not…,” Chesterton Art Gallery of Chesterton, Ind. 2013.
  • “Objects of Contemplations: Rural Hybrids,” Solo Show, Indiana University North Contemporary Gallery of Gary, Ind., 2013.
  • “In Harmony with Nature?” Tippecanoe Arts Federation Galleries of Lafayette, Ind., 2013.  
  • “Under Indiana Skies: The Rural Artists,” Thorntown Arts Center of Thorntown, Ind., 2012-2013.
  • “Under Indiana Skies: The Rural Artists,” Tippecanoe Arts Federation Galleries of Lafayette, Ind., 2012-2013.
  • “Under Indiana Skies: The Rural Artists,” Lilian Fendig Gallery of Renssel
  • aer, Ind., 2012-2013.
  • Char-ity and Above the Rail Exhibitions & Charity Auction, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette of Lafayette, Ind., 2012.  
  • “Natural Selection,” Solo Show, Southern Shore Artists’ Gallery of Michigan City, Ind., 2012.
  • State of Mind: Recent Work by Saint Joseph’s College Art Students and Faculty, Tippecanoe Arts Federation Galleries of Lafayette, Ind., 2012.
  • “In Harmony with Nature,” Lilian Fendig Gallery of Rensselaer, Ind., 2011.
  • “TRASHION,” Indiana Welcome Center, W.R. Wellman Exhibit Hall of Hammond, Ind., 2011 and 2012.
  • “Natural Selection,” 67th Annual Salon Show, South Shore Arts of Munster, Ind., 2011. 
  • “About Place,” Solo Show, Dorothea Thiel Gallery of Munster, Ind., 2011. 
  • “Sense of Place: Winter Harvest,” Solo Show, Tippecanoe Arts Federation Galleries of Lafayette, Ind., 2010.

Professor Corey Crum

Resources and Downloads

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Internships and Study Abroad

In order to ensure that students are receiving the hands-on experience that they need to be successful, our Art students are encouraged to pursue internships. Common internships including working with the Prairie Arts Council, Rensselaer’s fine arts program, and the Jasper County Youth Center. Many of our Art students also take advantage of SJC’s Study Abroad Program. Our Art students have recently studied in Spain, Italy, and Morocco.   

Advantageous Location

Because Rensselaer is located 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, our Art students have easy access to some of our nation’s largest museums and galleries, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.  As a result, each Art course includes a field trip to a special exhibition or event related to the course. For example, the Department of Art has taken design students to the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara House in West Lafayette, Ind. and ceramics students to the Art Institute of Chicago to view the collections of Mesoamerican and African pottery. 

Art Shows

The SJC Department of Art holds multiple art shows each year, where both students and faculty members can display their work. Shows take place both on campus and at the Rensselaer Prairie Arts Council Gallery, which is just a few miles away from campus. Art shows give students a chance to display their work and practice talking and presenting their pieces, an integral skill for professional artists. SJC Art students conclude their studies with the Annual Senior Art Show. The event takes place at the Prairie Arts Council Gallery, and seniors are given the opportunity to display, present, and sell pieces from their collections.


“Get Outdoors: Dunes Learning Center provides many ways to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day”: Northwest Indiana Times features Associate Professor of Art Bonnie Zimmer working with visitors to create a temporary installation sculpture with natural and found materials at Get Outdoors Day

“Environmental artist weaves nature with discarded items for IUN exhibit”: Northwest Indiana Times features SJC’s Professor Bonnie Zimmer

Department of Art Majors and Minors


The Department of Art offers several workshops and trips throughout the year, so check the department page regularly for new and upcoming activities.        

Andrew Dudich '11

Andrew Dudich '11

Director of Web and IT Services for WITY radio in Danville, Ill. Co-director of the Danville Art League Studio. Teaches hand-building workshops in ceramics.

Program Faculty

News More news

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.