Visual Arts

Explore the process of designing, constructing, seeing and creating art

Explore and Create

The Visual Arts Program at CBC offers countless opportunities to explore not only the history and appreciation of the arts, but also your own potential to create something meaningful. You can capture the perfect moment through a camera, or bring it to life through painting or sculpture. Learn the in-depth technical expertise you need to develop as a professional artist, and take advantage of on-campus clubs, venues and events to showcase your creations to the world.

“The CBC Art Department was exactly what I needed. I have had many health complications and all of the art professors were caring and understanding. I grew so much and was pushed to try new things and build on what I already knew. I cannot express how grateful I am for all the professors effort, time and the life they poured into me. I am a better person and artist because of all of them.”



Where do you fit in?

The visual arts program offers students many opportunities to gain experience in the different media in the art world. From our faculty to our facilities, student success is our goal.

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You can create in a variety of artistic media like paper, canvas or wood in design, drawing, painting, illustration or life drawing. Our faculty are passionate working artists who are ready to share their knowledge with you to help open the door to your creativity.

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Those interested in the graphic design and digital photography media receive instruction in a digital lab with the most current equipment and software.

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You can get your hands dirty and creative juices flowing by working in the three-dimensional arts like design, sculpture or ceramics. Students get hands-on experience with state of the art kilns, woodworking and power tools.

As a student at CBC you have many options to explore in the different art media, below is a gallery of photos from some of the exciting areas to explore!

Exhibit your creations

There are several venues you can display your own work or view the work of your peers on campus. Display spaces include the Student Art Showcase in the A Building, the CBC Library and the Hawk Union Building (HUB). The Associated Students of Columbia Basin College (ASCBC) purchases student art work to be showcased throughout their spaces and in the Esvelt Gallery for the annual Student Art Show held in May of each year.

You can experience art through a variety of exhibitions, artist lectures, workshops and demonstrations as part of the gallery program.

Below is a short video from the 2019 Student Art Exhibit which featured artwork from our current students and of the drawing/painting classroom.


Scholarship Opportunities

The Visual Arts Program offers up to seven scholarships a year that range from $500 to $2,500 per student to be used towards tuition and fees for one year (three continuous quarters).

Any currently enrolled or potential student is eligible to apply. Most scholarships are for full-time students (12 or more credits) maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5, but a few may be awarded to part-time students. Be sure to complete the CBC Admissions Application.

  • 1. Complete the Foundation Application:

    complete the Foundation Application Form online by February 21.

  • 2. Application Requirements:

    • Transcript
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Portfolio of 8 - 12 works of art
  • 3. Portfolio Requirements:

    • Submit 8 to 12 examples of your best artwork.
    • All work must be photographed, numbered and submitted digitally.
    • Submit an image list that includes the title, medium, date, and size for each corresponding numbered artwork.

    Submit your digital portfolio (via email) by February 21.

  • 4. Grade Requirement:

    entering freshmen or continuing students with a GPA of 2.5 or above.

Esvelt Gallery

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An important part of the CBC visual arts student experience is the Esvelt Gallery.  This space is an ideal location for featuring artwork from regional and national artists, along with the CBC faculty and students.  Students can view, work or exhibiting in our gallery space. Contact the gallery%20director for information about viewing, working or exhibiting in the gallery or visit the Esvelt Gallery page on the CBC Arts Center website for additional information.

Careers in Visual Arts

Courses taught in the Visual Arts can serve as a foundation for many degrees and/or careers, such as:

  • Design

    Design is more than what is visible. Design is where idea comes from, the process for generating, the methods for evaluating, and ways for communicating them. Design is problem solving - problem solving that shapes the world. Areas include: Graphic, Interior, Industrial, Web or Architectural Design.

  • Commercial Prospects

    Commercial photographers are creative professionals with an artistic eye who know  photographic equipment to capture high-quality images used for commercial advertisements of all types. Illustrators are commissioned to produce art for a wide variety of industries like fashion, advertising and publishing.

  • Academic

    Art teachers in the K-12 and college level provide learning activities appropriate to the age of the students in order to develop an interest in and ability for creative expression. Art historians are responsible for evaluating, restoring and preserving historical artifacts and works of art. Art historians may be employed by art galleries, museums, historical societies and non-profit organizations.

  • Studio Production Artist

    Studio artists work in many disciplines like sculpture, painting, and drawing using a variety of materials. A majority of artists work independently, either commissioned by clients or on their own initiative, to create artistic works. They sell their works to museums, art galleries or directly to customers, based on talents and reputations built in the market.



Full-Time Faculty

Courses Taught: 2D Design, 3D Design, Sculpture and Art Appreciation

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Courses Taught: Design, Graphic Design, Professional Practices and Art Appreciation

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Courses Taught: Drawing, Illustration, Painting and Art History

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 Adjunct Faculty

Courses Taught: Art Appreciation and Photography

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Courses Taught: Art Appreciation, Life Drawing and Drawing

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 Courses Taught: Art Appreciation

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 Courses Taught: Art Appreciation

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 Courses Taught: Ceramics

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  • Phone:509-542-5531

  • Address:2600 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, WA 99301P Building, Room 100

  • Office Hours:Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am to 5 pmFriday: 7:30 am to 12:30 pm

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