The Art Department offers a major in studio art that leads to a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of fine arts degree, and a major in art history that leads to a bachelor of arts degree. The department guides students for life-long involvement in the fine and applied arts through preparation for graduate study, teaching, museum and gallery work, graphic design, and studio art. The primary goal of the Art Department is to encourage and develop the creative potential of each student. The liberal and fine arts provide a broad foundation for the student artist to develop technical expertise, aesthetic sensitivity, critical artistic judgment, and the ability to question and experiment with creative ideas. One of the major objectives of the Art Department is to create an atmosphere where diversity is welcomed. Flexibility creates an attitude of openness and receptivity to new and innovative ideas.
In order to develop expertise, students concentrate their studies in the areas of ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, printmaking, or sculpture. A professional and critical atmosphere encourages them to extend their artistic involvement beyond studio exercises into juried exhibitions, internships, independent study, and travel.
The Art Department educates students to be competent creative artists and equips them with technical knowledge in their field. Further, the study of art history gives them an understanding of their heritage and the relationship of art to the past, themselves, and contemporary culture.
Clarke’s Quigley Gallery frequently hosts exhibits of student, faculty, and visiting artists’ works. This exposure to new ideas and art forms develops and strengthens the professional and critical sensibilities.
- Acquire knowledge and technical expertise in studio art media to demonstrate creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and critical artistic judgment.
- Develop an openness to respond to and interact with new and diverse people and ideas.
- Explore the relationship of artistic and cultural heritages in order to understand oneself, the past and contemporary society.
- Develop and demonstrate critical seeing, writing, speaking and thinking skills through a study of the visual arts.
- Extend artistic involvement beyond studio and classroom exercises to juried exhibitions, volunteer work, commissions, internships, independent study and/or travel.
- Prepare for lifelong involvement in the fine and applied arts: studio practice, graduate study, classroom teaching, museum and gallery work, graphic design and related careers.