Department of

Art & Art History

…where art isn’t about art, art is about life.

Art & Art History

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Art and Purpose

Studio Art

The Studio Art program offers a conceptual and process-oriented approach to the visual arts through variety of mediums. Students are challenged to grow and develop their personal style as an artist through an emphasis on craft, skills, conceptual thinking and an understanding of an art historical context for their work. We offer a robust visiting artist program that routinely brings in professional artists to work with students. Senior studio art majors are all given their own studio to develop a major exhibition for the Wright Museum of Art during the student’s final semester.

Art History

Take a non-traditional approach to art history: learn through hands-on museum labs, and study traditionally marginalized subjects. Our program emphasizes the importance of contextualizing and interpreting art. Learn about printmaking by handling prints by Durer and Rembrandt; study a 16th century painting under the microscope; build your research skills by drawing on the Wright Museum’s collection of 5000 works of art. Broaden your scope and stretch beyond AP art history with focused courses on pre-modern Asia, and built environments.


COMPARE: Images of Childhood

Curated by students in EDYS 276: East Asian Education, Culture, and Society, this exhibition explores different cultural lenses on childhood and how artists have borrowed across cultures to frame these young subjects.

Maria Aschenbrener

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