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Studio Angelico is Siena Heights University’s nationally accredited art department, offering degrees in Graphic Design, Art History and Fine Arts. As part of these degrees, you can explore art media such as animation, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video editing and web design. In addition, opportunities are available for you to combine your art degree with various other majors, minors and certifications in areas such as business, psychology, chemistry, museum studies, and teacher education, which will help you prepare for careers in such fields as advertising, art therapy, art conservation, museum work and art education.

At Studio Angelico, you will enjoy small class sizes, personalized attention, up-to-date facilities, and a supportive and diverse community of learners that will foster your growth as an artist. Our Visiting Artists Program connects you with experts from around the world; the Klemm Gallery in Studio Angelico not only features the work of our visiting artists but provides a professional venue for our BFA majors' senior projects. Educational travel opportunities are also available.

We invite you to meet our faculty, to tour our facilities and to present a portfolio of your artwork for possible scholarships. 

Art Department Mission Statement: The program’s primary goal is to develop the visual artist. Students are encouraged to take risks, speculate, explore, research, create and pursue artworks of quality. Students are asked to deal in materials and in ideas, to explore past perceptions of the world of art and their interior and exterior worlds of imagination and values. These expectations call for a commitment to study, a disciplined approach to work and a willingness to integrate personal and cultural identities in their artwork.

FAST FACT: For more information about the Art Program, please visit Studio Angelico’s official site.

  • About: Art
  • Meet the Faculty
  • 3 Things: Art
  • Klemm Gallery
  • The Arts Scholarship Days
  • The Siena Effect: Art

The Art Department offers Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees. The BFA is an intensive studio program intended for students interested in pursuing either graduate school or professional studio careers. The BA is a strong liberal arts degree well-suited for students interested in combining the visual arts with other disciplines such as psychology, literature, or business.

Offerings include:
• Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art
• Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design
• Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art
• Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Art History
• Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art with Visual Arts Education K-12 Certification
• Minor in Art History
• Minor in Art

The Art Program has concentrations in:
• Art Therapy
• Ceramics
• Drawing & Painting
• Foundations
• Graphic Design
• Photography & Digital Media
• Printmaking & Book Arts
• Sculpture

To learn more about the Art Program, click here.

Mission Statement
Studio Angelico, a community of artists and educators, stimulates, challenges, supports and educates students to become:

• Educated viewers with visual literacy and critical thinking
• Professional artists with technical and creative direction
• Thoughtful and responsible citizens in a global community

We seek through dialogue and practice to work together within a liberal arts context to appreciate, understand and communicate the diversity and complexity of the human experience as expressed through the visual arts.

Studio Angelico, the name of the building that houses the Art Program at Siena Heights University, has been a center for art and art education for more than 60 years. Named for Fra Angelico, the Renaissance painter of the Dominican Order who lived in 15th century Florence, the Studio continues a long tradition of valuing quality, creativity, craftsmanship and reflection in the making of art.

Meet the Art faculty members.

Barr, Peter

Barr, Peter

Professor of Art History517-264-7863
Conlon, Robert B

Conlon, Robert B

Associate Professor of Art517-264-7864
Lanese, Natalie

Lanese, Natalie

Assistant Professor of Art517-264-7862
Mohre, Mad

Mohre, Mad

Assistant Professor of Art517-264-7866
VanBeke, Timothy H.

VanBeke, Timothy H.

Associate Professor of Art517-264-7848
Zerbe, Erin

Zerbe, Erin

Assistant Professor of Art517-264-7861
#1. Educated viewers with visual literacy and critical thinking

#2. Professional artists with technical and creative direction

#3. Thoughtful and responsible citizens in a global community

The Klemm Gallery provides a venue for a broad range of art exhibitions supporting the University's mission and reflecting the concerns and interests of the faculty and students in the Art program.

The gallery is named after Sister Jeannine Klemm, former chair of the Art program.

Each fall semester the gallery schedules three month-long solo or group exhibitions.

For a complete schedule of gallery events, please click here.

Arts Scholarship Days

Siena Heights University conducts Arts Scholarship Days for prospective students.

High school seniors and transfer students who would like to major in 
music, art or theater or perform in the choir, band, marching band, orchestra or jazz band can schedule an audition or portfolio review and campus visit during Arts Scholarship Days @ Siena. Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students. In addition to their audition or portfolio review, students may have the opportunity to meet with current scholarship recipients over lunch, have an individual meeting with Admissions Counselor and enjoy a campus tour.

Pre-registration is required.

Check back for the 2018 dates!

Watch Siena Heights art student John Bucher talk about his experience of community togetherness and the process of creating his mural commissioned in Sylvania, Ohio.

This Printmaking & Pancakes event was hosted by SHU Assistant Professor of Art, Mad Mohre and Siena Heights printmaking students. Video by Siena Heights Marketing Intern and Siena student, Alicia Devers.

Additional Info


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts


  • Division of Visual and Performing Arts


Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

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Natalie Lanese

Assistant Professor of Art; Director of the Klemm Gallery


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Jason Sanderson '92

Art Graduate; High School Art Teacher
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.