Associate Professor of Art

  • Office: Clayton Center for the Arts, Main Building 308
  • Phone: (865) 981-8154

Ms. Adrienne Schwarte

Associate Professor of Design


Adrienne Schwarte is currently an Associate Professor of Design at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee.  She received her M.F.A. in Multimedia Design with an emphasis in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota.  Schwarte has worked as a professional graphic designer and photographer for twelve years in both the corporate and freelance market.  She has worked for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, KTTC-TV (NBC affiliate), ByDesign Studio at the University of Minnesota and freelanced for Parsons Public Relations, The Little River Watershed Association, Axios Law Group, In Defense of Animals-Africa (IDA-Africa), Christian Theological Seminary, Mountain Challenge, Mane Support, Maryville College and others.

Schwarte’s creative production and research interests are focused on social activism and environmental sustainability within graphic design, graphic design practices towards climate change mitigation within environmental organizations, geotourism principles and experiential travel-study abroad and non-for-profit design.  She has presented at the Foundations in Art Theory and Education (FATE) Biennial Conferences, Design History Society Annual Conference, Fourth International Conference on Climate Change, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Greening the Campus Conference, Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching, and Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC).  She holds a Professional Certificate in Campus Sustainability Leadership from the Institute for Global Sustainability, University of Vermont.  Schwarte has been published in FATE In Review, the International Library of Photography and has a chapter on experiential study abroad, art and sustainability in Costa Rica in World Trends on Education for Sustainable Development, by W. L. Filho (2011). To see a complete list of professional research and creative production, please review her complete CV. 

Schwarte currently serves on the board of AIGA Knoxville as Education and Sustainability Chair, as Art Director for the Maryville College Design Lab (MCDL), the MC Faculty Representative for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) Research Administrator for MC.

Adrienne Schwarte CV: Download.

Current Courses Taught:

ART 102: Introduction to 2-Dimensional Design
ART 123, 223, 323: Design I, II, III
ART 231: Introduction to Typography
ART 317: History of Graphic Design
ART 343: Practicum in Design (Maryville College Design Lab)
ART 351/352: Senior Thesis in Design
ART 349: Introduction to Digital Photography
ART 200: Sustainable Art Processes
FNA 140: Introduction to the Fine Arts: Art

Past Courses Taught:
ORN 110: Perspectives on the College
FRS 120: Perspectives on the Individual
FRS 130: Perspectives on the Environment
ENV 200: Ecotourism, Arts and Culture in Costa Rica
SRS 480: Designing a Sustainable Future: Think Globally, Act Locally