Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History values the universal human need for artistic expression and celebrates the contributions of artists in all cultures throughout history. We are committed to high quality teaching that develops the creative spirit, intellectual potential, and aesthetic sensibilities of every student. Through our teaching and advising, we prepare majors for professions in the visual arts. Our faculty, staff, and students collaborate to offer programs, activities and service projects that enrich the college campus and community at large. It is our belief that every person can contribute to the vitality of the arts in contemporary society and to the betterment of our shared communities.

Study in art history and the visual arts, in the context of the liberal tradition, is intended to help students become intellectually mature and to encourage creative development and the searching for values.

The objective of the Art department is to educate students in the visual arts and in the humanities and to assist them in developing their perceptual and technical skills to handle problems of their craft. Studio Art majors are guided to develop a studio practice that is conceptually rigorous, inventive, and open to contemporary questions inside of and outside of the arts.

The Art History major involves students both in academic studies and in experiential involvement in art history. Students in the senior seminar have designed presented and published original research, designed independent exhibits, commissioned original art works, and pursued internships at galleries and museums. After graduation, students have pursued careers in auction houses, galleries, museums, historical societies and colleges and universities.

Students in Art Education work closely with faculty from the Education department and the Art and Art History department. The curriculum engages the students in a rigorous studio program along with the teaching education program to prepare them for careers as both artists and teachers.

Majors in Art or Art History are encouraged to take advantage of international and domestic study programs, including programs in Ireland, Africa, Italy and the United Kingdom that are ideal for Art or Art History majors. The department allows appropriate coursework from approved programs to apply toward the major. See all available programs at