Loyola University Chicago

Student Resources

The Ralph Arnold Gallery provides many opportunities for Loyola undergraduates to learn about the visual arts and gain professional experience through internships, scholarships, and exhibition opportunities. The gallery actively cooperates with Loyola’s academic departments and individual faculty members on campus. The gallery invites interested students to take advantage of our many opportunities for learning and working in the visual arts. 

For more information, please visit Loyola's Department of Fine Arts page.


  • Visual Communications Internship (FNAR 380)

The internship is a vital part of the educational experience for those students concentrating in Visual Communication. It prepares the student for an entry-level career or for graduate school admission. The internship is structured as an independent study course taken for credit, supervised by the student’s advisor. It is required of all Visual Communication majors.  For more information, about the Visual Communications Internship, click here.

  • Gallery Internship (FNAR 368)

Fine Arts students have the opportunity to study art objects first-hand utilizing the diverse museum and gallery resources of Chicago, as well as the collections of the Loyola University Museum of Art.  Students can gain experience through internships in museums, galleries, and auction houses in Chicago, throughout the country, and even abroad. For more information, about the Gallery Internship, click here. 


  • Ralph Arnold Scholarship

Ralph Arnold was a former faculty member and Chairperson of the Fine Arts. He became an instructor in 1967 at Loyola and became a full Professor in 1980. In addition to his teaching, Mr. Arnold was an accomplished artist. His works were displayed in many private and public art collections during his lifetime. This award   supports a full-time or part-time junior or senior undergraduate student that is in financial need with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Louise Gonska Scholarship

Helen Gonska established this scholarship in 1989 at the former Mundelein College, in order to honor her sister Louise Gonska. This award grants $1,000 annually toward tuition for any recognized sophomore, junior, or senior who majors in Fine Arts at Loyola University Chicago. Those eligible for this award must maintain full-time student status at Loyola University Chicago and major in Fine Arts with minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Mellon Awards

Mellon Awards are designated to any Seniors who major in Fine Arts at Loyola University Chicago. Those eligible must participate in Senior Exhibition and Senior Art History papers. These awards will be given based on voting at the Senior Exhibit opening and announced by faculty of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

For more information, about different financial aid and scholarships, click here.

Student Exhibition Opportunities 

  • Annual Student Art Competition

All students are invited to submit work to the Annual Student Art Competition including drawing, painting, photography, color theory, two and three dimensional design, graphic design, ceramics and sculpture, and any combination thereof. Click here for more information about applying for the 2018 Annual Student Art Competition.

Submissions Open: Monday, November 13, 2017

Submissions Due: Sunday, December 31, 2017

Notification by Friday, January 12, 2018


  • Annual Senior Exhibition

Loyola's graduating fine arts majors exhibit recent work in ceramics, painting & drawing, photography, and visual communication. As graduation looms near, students are challenged to initiate and create an entirely new body of work.