Iowa Western Community College


Program Information

The Art program prepares students to transfer to four-year schools and/or art schools to continue their studies. The program produces graduates who:

  • are self-directed learners, critical thinkers, problem solvers and effective medium/community communicators
  • have demonstrated competence in the process of creating visual art forms
  • have demonstrated a practical as well as a conceptual knowledge of the visual arts
  • have knowledge of, participated in, and comprehend their responsibility of the art community
  • are prepared to pursue advanced degree studies in the visual arts.


Art Competitions

The Art department sponsors an annual Art Portfolio and Juried Art Workshops and Competition for high school students.

Art Portfolio Workshop - At this workshop, 9th, 10th 11th and 12th grade students will learn what colleges and art schools expect to see in portfolios for entrance to programs as well as for scholarships. Each student will submit at least three works of art that will be evaluated on technique, completeness, theme, and intention. A discussion between the artist and the judges will also take place.

Juried Art Workshops and Competition - 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students in Iowa and Nebraska are eligible to participate. As part of this day, students will not only attend workshops but will also experience college-level art courses, led by Iowa Western Art Instructors. In additional, students will submit works of art to be critiqued and judged. There will be an awards ceremony and presentation after the workshops. Cash and gift certificates are awarded.

If you would like additional information, please contact the Competition Coordinator.