The Art curriculum is structured to provide maximum freedom and flexibility within an atmosphere that encourages experimentation, independent thought and dialogue amongstudents and faculty. Students receive a strong foundation in design, drawing and art history and have the opportunity to experiment in a variety of mediums and to concentrate in a medium of choice.
The Fine Arts Exhibition program and the Visiting Artist program offer students frequent exposure to a variety of art and artists from the region and beyond. Past visiting artists include internationally renowned graphic novel artist and writer David Mack, and New York sculptor and photographer Robert Hite. Art majors receive class instruction in portfolio development and direct experience in exhibition design and installation.
The Art department sponsors annual field trips to various major museums and art events around the state. Our internship program acquaints junior and senior-level students with the practical experience of working with artists in their studios and with art professionals in the work place. After completing 18 hours of studio art courses, all Art majors and Art Education majors are required to complete a portfolio review. In addition, Art majors are required to exhibit publicly in their senior year as part of their graduation requirements.