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Art Organizations

art students outsideArt Association

The Art Association - the student art organization - provides many opportunities for students to be active in the arts. Activities include group trips to local art events as well as travel to cities such as Chicago, New York, and Atlanta. Students work on producing exhibitions in the LCVA (Leu Center for the Visual Arts) gallery by organizing and installing shows as well as organizing workshops and public art projects with visiting artists. Design communication students participate in monthly events sponsored by the Nashville Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Kappa Pi art fraternity 2014Kappa Pi Art Fraternity

Outstanding students who are nominated by faculty are invited to join Kappa Pi, an international honorary art fraternity. Kappa Pi was founded over a century ago to recognize creativity, scholarship, and talent in the visual arts. Belmont’s Eta Phi Chapter was established in 2010 under the guidance of its first student president, Katie Boatman, with Professor Jim Meaders serving as the faculty sponsor from the Department of Art. Eta Phi was the 200th chapter inducted into the Kappa Pi fraternity enabling art majors to grow artistically as well as intellectually.

Since its establishment in the year 1911 at the University of Kentucky, Kappa Pi has dedicated itself to providing a voluntary, non-profit base of support for art excellence through its active support of all Kappa Pi chapters' goals and objectives. Kappa Pi is an international honorary art fraternity with the purpose of uniting artists who care about art in its role in life. This fraternity bonds conscientious artists together to form a unit which is influential in the art department as well as the community. To become a member of Kappa Pi, one must first meet the minimum requirements: 1) completion of 12 semester hours in art; 2) attainment of an overall "B" average in all art courses; 3) an overall academic average of "C"; 4) produces outstanding artwork. If one meets these minimum requirements then he/she is eligible for membership in Kappa Pi. Students may be selected for membership in Kappa Pi by the following ways: 1) through nominations by several faculty members of the art department and/or 2) portfolio review. Art history majors are chosen mainly on their academic standing. Each chapter can decide how new members are selected.