Southern Virginia University - Arts Division

Southern Virginia University began as Bowling Green Female Seminary in 1867. At that time, "seminary" referred to a school for girls. In 1900, the school moved to a resort hotel in Buena Vista and changed its name to Southern Seminary. The hotel, built in 1890, is now Main Hall and is listed on the National Register as a National Historic Landmark. From 1922 to 1996, the school operated as a junior college until declining enrollments and financial instability threatened to close its doors. In 1996, a group of Latter-day Saint educators and businessmen assumed responsibility for the College, converting it into a four-year liberal arts college. That fall, the "new" Southern Virginia College enrolled 76 students. It has since grown dramatically, enrolling 592 students in the fall of 2004. The name was changed to Southern Virginia University to reflect growth of the curriculum and the rapidly increasing size of the student body.

Buena Vista

United States

Southern Virginia University, One University Hill Drive
VA 24416
Phone: +1 (540) 261-8471
Fax: +1 (540) 261-8451
Website: http://www.southernvirgin

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Our Aims

Our mission is to prepare leader-servants in the workplace and the world, in the community and the church, and in the home.

We serve faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and welcome all who live our values.

We accomplish our mission by providing the finest undergraduate education available in letters, arts, and sciences within a wholesome Latter-day Saint environment.

Students, faculty, and staff at Southern Virginia University are committed to being academically or professionally accomplished, spiritually rooted, service oriented, and self-reliant.

We embody Southern Virginia's core values, which are scholarship, discipleship, accountability, enthusiasm, and refinement.

Southern Virginia University seeks to establish a replicable self-sustaining model of higher education that can serve Latter-day Saints throughout the world.

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Location and Getting there

Southern Virginia University

One University Hill Drive

Buena Vista, VA 24416

(540) 261-8400

Southern Virginia University is located in Buena Vista, Virginia by the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Buena Vista is a town of just over 6,000 residents. It is approximately six miles east of Lexington, 50 miles north of Roanoke, and 165 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute are located in Lexington and offer many additional services to students. The nearby Blue Ridge Mountains offer opportunities for skiing, biking, camping and other outdoor activities. Many American historical sites are nearby, including Monticello, Appomattox, Williamsburg and Yorktown.  

Department and information about the department

Welcome to the Visual Arts at Southern Virginia University! Here you will acquire a foundation in studio art and art history.

You will learn to express yourself visually with creativity and skill. Our intimate class sizes allow students more direct contact with professors and more freedom to explore art in a stimulating academic environment.

Are you interested in the Arts at Southern Virginia University? We are always on the lookout for fresh new talent who are interested in sharpening their skills through rigerous classroom work and hands-on training to join us here at SVU. We'd be happy to send you more information about our programs and scholarship opprotunities.

The Division Fine Arts at Southern Virginia University offers a wide array of opportunities and challenges for students in Visual Arts, Music, and Theatre. Discover the benefits of an Arts education in an LDS environment.  

Academic Staff and Description  

News and Events

Wayne Kimball, Tamarind Master Printer
December 1, 2006 - January 31, 2007
Von Canon Library Exhibition Space

The exhibit features a selection of elaborate, colorful, hand-printed lithographs by Tamarind Master Printer Wayne Kimball, accompanied by brief texts explaining the process of stone lithography.  

Information For  Undergraduates

The art minor fosters the student's effort to develop a personal creative style, encouraging exploration of various artistic media and appreciation of the work of artists working in other times and places. Students acquire a foundation in studio art, art history, design, and computer graphics while learning to express themselves formally, skillfully, and with creativity.

Program coordinator: Prof. Barbara Crawford

Minor Requirements (18 Credit Hours)
Core (9):

ART 210 Art History: Prehistory-Middle Ages (GE) (3)

ART 215 Art History: Renaissance-Modern (GE) (3)

ART 223 Two-Dimensional Design (3)

Electives (an additional 9 credit hours from among the major core or electives, including at least 6 credit hours from 300- or 400-level courses)

Information For  Postgraduates

The art major fosters the student’s effort to develop a personal creative style, encouraging exploration of various artistic media and appreciation of the work of artists working in other times and places. Students acquire a foundation in studio art, art history, and design, while learning to express themselves formally, skillfully, and with creativity.

Program Coordinator: Prof. Doug Himes

Major Requirements (33 Credit Hours)
Core (18):

ART 120 Introduction to Drawing (GE) (3)

ART 210 Art History: Prehistory-Middle Ages (GE) (3)

ART 215 Art History: Renaissance-Modern (GE) (3)

ART 223 Two-Dimensional Design (3)

ART 227 Three-Dimensional Design (3)

ART 498 Senior Show (3)

Electives (15 credit hours from among the following, including at least 6 credit hours from 300- or 400-level courses and including at least two courses in one of the following three areas: painting, ceramics/sculpture, and printmaking):

ART 130 Introduction to Painting (GE) (3)

ART 214 Introduction to Ceramics (3)

ART 230 Introduction to Oil Painting (3)

ART 240 Introduction to Printmaking (3)

ART 275R Topics ...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students

Welcome international students! We at Southern Virginia University welcome your interest in our beautiful and historic campus. Your contributions as an international student will enrich the fabric of our campus community and add stimulating perspectives to our scholarly pursuits. Those who come here can expect a challenging curriculum and a life-changing experience. The standards and expectations of the LDS environment support the highest goals of academic achievement and spiritual development.

Your application will be expedited by following the SVU International Student Application guidelines for foreign students interested in studying here at Southern Virginia University. Our SVU International Student packet is also available to help you understand your responsibilities in regard to your status as an F-1 student visa holder. Please study the laws and regulations associated with your F-1 visa. If you are accepted and receive an I-20 you are committed to keeping all of these laws and regulations.  


The mission of the Association is to:

Serve as a link between the University and its Alumni
Promote the general welfare, interests, and mission of the University
Please keep in touch with SVU by updating your contact info. using the Update Your Information link to the left.

The Association is always looking for Alumni volunteers.  

Student Facilities

The Student Association is responsible to the Dean of Students, Dean Hanchett. The Student Association Office is located upstairs in the Student Life Building in room 5.  

Student Support

Every college student needs support as they pursue their educational dreams and grapple with the specialized challenges that accompany college attendance.

The Student Support Center provides behavioral/emotional counseling and services for students with disabilities to include learning disabilities. Students are guided to live spiritually enriched and progressively positive lives.

The Student Support Center is a safe atmosphere for students to address their needs in a confidential manner. The Center is located behind the Eason House (Student Life Building) above the garage. For an appointment contact Michael Gibbons at 261-4371 or e-mail to mgibbons@southernvirginia.  

Student Life

Spring Semester 2007
Dates to Remember:

February 23-24-Ward and Institute Activities
March 2-3-Young Single Adult Conference
Friday, March 9th-Movie-Stoddard Activity Center

See the calendar for specific details and for many other additional campus sponsored activities!

Student Association Activity Schedule:
Movie-First Friday of the month
Club Sponsored Activity-Second Friday of the month
Dance-Third Friday of the month
Institute and Ward Sponsored Activities-Fourth Friday of the month
Varied Student Association sponsored Activities-Fifth Friday of the month  


Southern Virginia University is committed to providing a wholesome living atmosphere for students residing in BOTH on and off campus residential living. The Honor Code is the basis of ensuring this atmosphere and sustaining the unique culture of Southern Virginia University. The Honor Code and the following Residential Living Policies apply to ALL students living in “on campus and off-campus.”  

How To Apply

Applying to Southern Virginia University is a four step process.
First, complete and send us parts A and B of the application.
Download, sign and mail us Part C-Student Pledge
Download and have your Ecclesiastical leader complete Part D-Ecclesiastical Endorsement

Finally you pay the $35.00 application fee.
You're Done!  

Visit us (open days)

Southern Virginia University is hosting an Open House on Saturday February 17,2007, beginning at 10:00am in the Stoddard Activity Center. You and your family are cordially invited. Future Open House date: March 24, 2007.  

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)