Department of Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History explores the wonder and complexity of visual art in theory and practice. Studio art students specialize in painting, printmaking, sculpture, or ceramics, learning a wide range of techniques and processes in specialized studio spaces. Art history students study diverse artistic traditions and develop strong analytical, research, presentation, and writing skills.



Check out all of our upcoming events on our calendar!

A Week With Visiting Artist - ALIX HENRY

    October 8, 2019 | Wyatt Hall, Room 109 | 6-9 pm
  • ART + SCI Salon: Building and Living in an Earthship w/ guest artist Alix Henry
    October 9, 2019 | Kittredge Gallery | 6-8 pm

KITTREDGE GALLERY EXHIBITION: September 3 - October 18, 2019
Artist Reception & Gallery Talk: September 4 - 5pm

Main gallery // Janet Marcavage: Prints at Play
Play and perception are integral to my current hand-pulled screenprints. Illusory and real configurations suggest folding, bending, and turning of two-dimensional planes. These abstractions are created with considerations of light, space, and color as well as the contingency of geometric visual elements.

Enfold, series of 9 unique screenprints, varied sizes, each average 10" x 10”, 2019

Small gallery // Lois Harbaugh: Vessel
As a "word person" and a vessel maker, Lois Harbaugh braids together themes of written and spoken communication with the form language of vessels. Come see the arc of this 20 year experiment of word and form in “Vessel.”


Leanne Gan '16 (Studio Art), has been a graphic designer at the ACLU for the past year. Here’s a recent collage that she did for an article.

Walker Hewitt '19 (Painting), is entering the School of Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts Post-baccalaureate program, Boston. He also recently had artwork included in PROUD+ a juried show at the Studio Door Gallery in San Diego, CA.

Ronda Peck '19 (Ceramics), was admitted to Jacksonville University’s low residency MFA program. 

2019 Summer Research Recipients in the Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences majors:
Chloe Brew, Art History, The Arts and Crafts Movement in the 21st Century
Ellis LeBlanc, Art History, Women, the Emperor, and the Virgin Mary: A Feminist Reception Analysis of 9th and 10th Century Byzantine Representation
Emma Lundquist, Studio Art, Suburban Rot: Visualizing the Abandonment of Commercialized Spaces​


Zaixin Hong, Professor of Art History, recently had a book Mongol Court and Chinese Literati from South of Yangtze River: An Anthology of the Studies of Calligraphy and Painting of Yuan China published by China Art Academy Press. Thereafter, it won the Second Place for the 28th Chinese Art Book Awards.   

Art History Professor Linda Williams of the University of Puget Sound, received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of the research project (administered through Penn State), “Maya Christian Murals of  Yucatán: Indigenous Catholicism in Early Modern New Spain.” A Collaborative Research grant of $214,742 will enable Williams to pursue this multi-year project with co-PI Amara Solari, Associate Professor of Art History at Penn State. Their research focuses on fragile religious murals painted by Christianized Maya artists in Yucatán, Mexico, between 1550 and 1750. In addition to writing a scholarly book on these murals, Solari and Williams are creating an interactive website that will provide open access to images of the murals. Read more here.