Art at Rocky Mountain College is about more than the classes you will take. It’s about the journey - the people, the places, and the experiences, all of which contribute to a transformational art education.

Rocky Mountain College prizes our art faculty; Professors Jim Baken and Todd Forsgren lead the way with fascinating classes ranging from metalworking and jewelry to painting and photography. In art history class, you can study original paintings from the museums of Europe or discuss the relationship between primitive tools and art with Professor Baken. You can learn about the Czech modernist and Japanese post-WWII avant-garde photography movements with Professor Forsgren.

By its nature, art is a hands-on practice, but at Rocky Mountain College, we take it to another level. One graduate recalls "making a Lewis and Clark-style dug-out cottonwood canoe sculpture, a 4 1/2 foot Braveheart-style sword in metalworking and jewelry, and working on a Monet replica in a painting class.” Others have created giant shoes in sculpture, made amazing animal figures in ceramics, and photographed wildlife in Yellowstone in photography. The department also integrates new digital skills alongside the traditional in many classes.

You won't get far on our beautiful campus without running into sculptures and other works of art that are part of Rocky’s art collection. Your work will be proudly displayed in our excellent Ryniker-Morrison Gallery, which also exhibits work by contemporary artists from across the American West. The gallery offers a practicum for students to learn how to run a gallery, curate exhibitions, and manage an art collection.
Students who participate in the art program can expect to discover and explore materials, techniques, and cultures from the dawn of human artistic experience to today. Our graduates become practicing artists, business owners, gallery directors, and art directors. Others choose to apply these new discoveries to teaching by pursuing our degree in K-12 Art Education. All will be guided on their journey by faculty who are passionate about art and visual literacy. We believe in the importance of individualized instruction and experience.

Committed to the liberal arts, we strive to provide a learning environment that is challenging, yet encouraging, to art majors and non-majors alike. All will look at and experience the world with all of its visual wealth and amazing people in a new light.

Rocky Mountain College offers the following Art majors and minors:

Bachelor of Arts


  • Art
  • Art Education