Department of Art, Consciousness, & Creative Practice
The Department of Art, Consciousness, & Creative Practice is dedicated to nurturing the deepest values of creative expression. Students discover their own inspiration by accessing the unbounded source of creativity within themselves. Studying within such a supportive environment fosters the students’ continual growth toward their full potential and the realization of that potential in their own art practice. Our art programs integrate practical training in studio art, depth of intellectual understanding, and the progressive development of consciousness. The fine arts are the creative self-expression of consciousness, articulating the awareness of the artist and enlivening the awareness of the audience. While mastering the skills and knowledge of art, our students become well acquainted with the mechanics of creativity, thereby enjoying more effortless, stress-free, and spontaneous creative expression. Our faculty, who exhibit and lecture around the country, have been recognized for excellence in both artmaking and teaching. Our students have been accepted into top-level graduate programs in art including Cranbrook Academy of Art, Yale University, Tyler School of Art, the University of Iowa, and the University of California, Davis. Others have gone on to successful careers as artists, educators, art therapists, arts administrators, designers, animators, and in video production, advertising, and web design.
Traditionally, the arts have celebrated the most glorious possibilities for human life. These ideals are now becoming realities of creative expression and daily life for students at Maharishi International University.