Art and Design Department

The Art and Design Department provides a creative environment for Saint Mary’s students with opportunities to cultivate aesthetic diversity and enrich cultural awareness.

Our programs offer state-of-the-art facilities where you take hands-on courses with small class sizes and direct interaction with experienced faculty. Want to see more? Our department website features information about scholarships, facilities, the art gallery, and student work options.

Department Website

Jeff Paul '08 discusses his career journey at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Design alumnus chooses purpose over paycheck

Graphic design major Jeff Paul ’08 made the decision early in his career to work on projects he believes in, rather than simply for a paycheck. As co-founder of Ligature Creative Group of Denver, Colo., Paul and his business partner Matt Meier made the conscious decision that they wouldn’t work for just anyone with a […] Read more ›
John Fitzgerald '07 (Johnny Fitz Live) makes videos about with Chicago Cubs players in old video games. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota alumni.

Creative director by day, creative Cubs fan by night [video]

As long as the Cubs keep winning, John Fitzgerald ’07 is on base to keep inserting his favorite ball team into some familiar vintage video games. Fitzgerald, who heads Coach Marketing firm in Chicago, has hit a home run with other Cubs fans by creating short videos that prominently feature his favorite players and their […] Read more ›

The art of achievement

Danielle E. Miller ’11 didn’t set out to be an artist. Instead, art found her at a time in her life when she needed it most. And now her art is inspiring others. Miller, joined by 22 international artists, is currently exhibiting at The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition in New York City. Read more ›

Saint Mary’s arts programming receives significant funding

Arts programming at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has received more than $180,000—including recent grants of $100,000 from the Hiawatha Education Foundation and more than $75,000 from the Minnesota State Arts Board—in support of performances and programming for the 2016-17 seasons at the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA). […] Read more ›

Art Galleries on Campus

The Art and Design Department manages two galleries on campus for the enrichment of all students and the local community: The Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries in the Toner Student Center, and a student gallery in the art and design building.

Goals for Our Students

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of design fundamentals and vocabulary
  • Recognize major figures and movements in art history, and draw connections between historic and contemporary trends
  • Identify and discuss major uses of the visual arts in our society: communication of information, transmission of religious/spiritual values, social/political action, utilitarian design, personal expression, and environmental enhancement
  • Think creatively and critically
  • Analyze a work of art, using correct terminology and proper art criticism criteria


Robert McColl, M.F.A.

Art and Design - Assistant Professor, Department Chair

Saint Joseph Hall, SJ015D

Campus Box: # 66

(507) 457-1591

Robert McColl M.F.A.
Kjellgren Alkire, M.F.A.

Art & Design - Assistant Professor

Saint Joseph Hall, SJ014

Campus Box: #1444

(507) 457-1459

Kjellgren Alkire M.F.A.
Preston Lawing, M.F.A.

Art and Design - Professor

Saint Joseph Hall, SJ15C

Campus Box: #1421

(507) 457-1701

Preston Lawing M.F.A.
Roderick Robertson, FSC, M.F.A.

Mission Enhancement - Lasallian Scholar in Residence

Saint Joseph Hall, SJ021

Campus Box: # 18

(507) 457-1593

Roderick Robertson M.F.A.
Lisa Truax, M.F.A.

Art and Design - Associate Professor

Saint Joseph Hall, SJ015B

Campus Box: #1480

(507) 457-1669

Lisa Truax M.F.A.