McKendree University

Established in 1828 by pioneer Methodists, McKendree is the oldest college in Illinois, and the oldest in the nation with continuous ties to the United Methodist Church.

First called \\\\\\\"Lebanon Seminary,\\\\\\\" the school opened in two rented sheds for 72 students. In 1830, Bishop William McKendree, the first American-born bishop of the Methodist church, permitted the Board of Trustees to change the institution\\\\\\\'s name to McKendree Later Bishop McKendree deeded 480 acres of rich land in Shiloh Valley, Illinois, to help support the College.

Reverend Peter Akers, in 1833, was the first president of the newly named college. He was three times president of McKendree and received its first degree, an honorary Doctorate of Divinity. In 1835, the college received one of the first charters granted to independent church colleges by the Illinois legislature. The institution still operates under the provisions of a second, more liberal charter obtained in 1839.

McKendree\\\\\\\'s students have included many who became pioneers in industry and business, who became sena... [ Read All ]


United States

701 College Rd.
Phone: 1-800-Bearcat

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Our Aims

The mission of McKendree is to provide a high quality educational experience to outstanding students. We guide our students in the pursuit of academic excellence which will prepare them for leadership roles in our society. To achieve this end we encourage broader vision, enriched purpose, engagement with community, commitment to responsible citizenship, openness to new ideas and dedication to lifelong learning. In keeping with our history and traditions, we provide our students with a rigorous, broadly based liberal arts curricula joined with specialization in a specific discipline.

We cherish our historical relationship with the United Methodist Church and its tradition of Judeo-Christian ideals. Therefore, we encourage an atmosphere of open dialogue, free inquiry, and mutual respect, conducted among students from diverse backgrounds.

Location and Getting there

Our 100-acre campus in Lebanon, Illinois is 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis.  

Department and information about the department

Students may earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in art. Art majors are offered a broad range of courses to prepare them for commercial production in design, layout, illustration and photography, as well as preparation for teaching and graduate school studies in fine arts. Many options are possible through a balanced selection of courses within the requirements listed.
The curriculum in Art is intended to develop an appreciation of how the human creative process can ultimately be translated into work of art, while providing hands-on experience in various forms of art with participation in the studio process as a medium. It is also intended to develop a solid understanding of the major developments in Art History and the role of individual artists in influencing significant artistic movements. For art majors the curriculum is geared towards developing functional skills in all primary media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and design.

Academic Staff and Description

James R. Drake, M.F.A., Professor of Art
David Ottinger, M.F.A., Professor of Art  

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