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Fine Arts

The NMC Art Department is located in the historic and architecturally significant Shirley S. Okerstrom Fine Arts Building located within walking distance of the Dennos Museum Center, northern Michigan's premier art museum. Offering classes in both locations, our Studio Art and Art Appreciation courses are some of the most unique nationwide. Many of our instructors have been recognized locally and nationally for their work as practicing artists and their students have gone on to become distinguished artists, business people and teachers.

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At NMC, you can

  • Build a portfolio that will take you to the next level
  • Work toward a successful transfer or career with help from instructors who are also professional artists
  • Take advantage of art-specific scholarships, available to incoming or current NMC students
  • Participate in the Annual Studio Art Exhibition at the Dennos Museum Center
  • Choose from many classes including: Drawing, Life Drawing, Pottery, Painting, Watercolor, Printmaking, Art History, Art Appreciation, Digital Photography, Sculpture, and 2D and 3D Design.


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Art-specific Scholarships:

  • Daniel R. Olson Memorial Art Scholarship for outstanding pottery student, available to incoming or current NMC students
  • Paul Welch Art Department Scholarship, available to incoming or current NMC students
  • Patricia Prout Scholarship, available to photography students entering their second year at NMC

In the news: ZACH TATE CONtributes to Studio Potter magazine

Art faculty member Zach Tate recently wrote an article, "Centuries Collide", for Studio Potter Magazine. Learn more »

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