In choosing art as a profession, you are beginning an education that will not end at the completion of a course or graduation from the major. It is one of our stated goals to encourage students to engage in memberships with professional organizations and in this way create opportunities to continue learning outside the classrooms and studios and beyond the University. We invite you to consider joining one of the organizations below as a supplement to your coursework. The benefits of this activity will be a great catalyst to your education and career as an artist.
Recently started as an official student organization, the Indiana Wesleyan University AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) group seeks to align its activities with that of the local Indianapolis chapter and other AIGA student chapters in the area. AIGA is a national organization focused on furthering graphic design within professional and educational design communities. Having deep, historical roots in design, this group provides opportunities for design students to engage their profession and network with other design professionals in the local, regional and national arenas. AIGA promotes design through various conferences, forums, competitions and events. Official activity in this group is a very positive addition to a student's design education and résumé. Although the program is geared primarily toward design, membership is open to all IWU students meeting the constitution requirements. Some fees apply due to the nature of the national organizational affiliation.
Art Students Advisory Group
This student-initiated group was formed by Art students with the desire to actively engage, advise and assist the art faculty in matters concerning the Art department. Officers in this group are chosen as representatives from each academic year in order to be liaisons and advisors to the Art faculty. Student leaders have the opportunity to assist the Art faculty in shaping the course of the IWU Art program by conceiving, planning and executing activities within the Art Department. They also serve as representatives of their fellow students' ideas and concerns.
ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) is a community of people driven by a common love for design and committed to the belief that interior design, as a service to people, is a powerful, multifaceted profession that can positively change people's lives. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
This is an informal weekly meeting of students, faculty and visiting artists for the purpose of nurturing, engaging, advising and encouraging one another in bettering their professional skills and artistic vision within the discipline of fine art and commercial photography.
Student Drawing Group
This is an informal weekly meeting of students for the purpose of nurturing and encouraging one another in the pursuit of bettering their artistic skills - particularly drawing.