Art Department

Note from the Department Chair

Greetings from the Art Department! The art department offers a wide array of classes, both studio and art history, focusing on the time-honored fine arts of drawing, painting, and sculpture as well as computer-based graphic design and digital photography. Small classes with faculty who are all working artists themselves make for a rich learning experience.

Students wishing to major in art will experience a wide range of studio courses that are intended to build skills and expression and art history classes intended to expose the students to the great works of the past. Students are free to sample all the areas of studio production, although we encourage you to find your niche and explore it deeply. Art majors conclude their studies with a show in the Daughtrey Gallery, the recently updated gallery in the Sage Center.

Non-majors are welcome in all classes in the art department; we invite you to join us for a survey of art history (this fulfills a core requirement), or to try developing your hand and mind and heart with a studio course. 

The best way to learn about the art department is to come for a visit: drop in on a class, chat with myself or one of the other faculty, or, at the very least, peruse the art on display in the gallery. Every year, the gallery is the site of two all-student shows, the graduating seniors exhibitions, and four shows that highlight the work of professional artists. 

The prospective student should know that we offer art department scholarships; submit a portfolio to me by March 1 for consideration for the following fall. Amounts tend to grow over your four years here, as we notice your dedication to the department and to your craft. 
We look forward to meeting you!

Prof. Barbara Bushey
Art Department Chair

Rachelle Ferguson 2017
Next January, Rachelle will present a paper on Virgil’s Eclogues at a Society for Classical Studies conference.

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