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.



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A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to our Class of 2019!
Art History Research Paper Award: Mary Thompson
Henstreet Book Award: Ronda Peck
Collins Library Senior Art Award: Ada Hoch-Schneider
Graduating with Honors:
Arielle Harvey (Studio Art)
Ayse Hunt (Art History)

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​


Walker Hewitt '19 (Painting), has artwork included in PROUD+ a juried show at the Studio Door Gallery in San Diego, CA.

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

Carolyn Corl '15, is currently a candidate in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Oregon. Carolyn shares “my art background (especially the precision of printmaking) has served me incredibly well in this program”. This summer, Carolyn is also doing a Landscape Architecture Residency at the Overlook Field School in Waverly, Pennsylvania.

Ayse Hunt ’19 presented a paper entitled, “Digital Strategies and Access in the Art Museum” at an international conference “The Art Museums in the Digital Age” at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, January 2019.

Gloria Treseder ’08 recently completed her MFA at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, Kent. While in Canterbury she engaged in a number of multi-media installations and a couple of public art commissions including, “Traveller’s Joy!” Mural on Canterbury East Rail Footbridge.

Elsa Woolley (Art History) '15 has recently taken a position as a Development Assistant focusing on architectural historic preservation with the St. Charles Town Company in Denver, Colorado.

Theresa Kutasz Christensen (Art History) '06 was appointed a Kress Research Fellow at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Art History at the Pennsylvania State University in fall 2018 and accepted the Kress Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of European Paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Kyrianna (aka Kiri) Bolles '18 is currently employed by Tacoma Art Museum as a Museum Educator and Teaching Artist. Kiri states, "It is a really awesome job. I take groups of kids visiting the museum through the galleries, using the art to talk about important topics like immigration, race, gender, etc. The tours also include an art-making component where I lead an art activity that reflects whatever topic has been discussed in the galleries, and the kids have a chance to express themselves and their identity. Art is a wonderful platform for meaningful conversations that may not happen in a classroom setting, and I really feel like these programs can make a difference for younger generations."

Rome: Sketchbooks and Space Studies // come read all the wonderful things our students shared about their experience(s) on the blog post here.

Priscilla Dobler '09 had a solo exhibition, La Cocina, at Method Gallery in Seattle from September 14-October 27.

Ariel Scholten '10 is currently a Master of Architecture student at the University of Washington.  She exhibited her paintings at Atelier Drome from October 4-January 31. 

Jonathan Steele '14 accepted an adjunct position at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR. 


Painting Professor Elise Richman was a visiting artist and critic, working with art students and sharing her work at Whitman College from November 1-2, 2018.

Professor Kriszta Kotsis was honored with a 2018 Davis Teaching Award celebrating excellence in teaching.  Congratulations Kriszta!

Professor Janet Marcavage had a print in INK & PRINT: WEST COAST JURIED PRINTMAKING in the Perkins Gallery: December 14 – February 9, Coos Art Museum

Studio Art Professor Janet Marcavage’s artwork, Blue, was recently selected for inclusion in the King County Public Art Collection. It is one of several artworks that will be rotated throughout King County Buildings.

Works by the following artists were selected this year: Humaira Abid*, Michael Acker, Lauren Adams, John Armstrong, Cynthia Back, Jessixa Bagley, Sean Barton, Deanne Belinoff, Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Elizabeth Bennett, Gala Bent, Amanda L Burnham, Romson Regarde Bustillo, Dawn Cerny, MalPina Chan, Timothy Cross, Pat De Caro, Peter de Lory, Cecelia DeLeon, Michele Domingo, Tallmadge Doyle, Phil Eidenberg-Noppe, Linda Emmerman, DeiLynn Fendley, Joseph Freeman Jr., Natalie Fobes, Karen Hackenberg, Sharon Lee Hart, Colleen Hayward, David Hytone, Etsuko Ichikawa, Eirik Johnson, Iskra Johnson, Caroline Kapp, Michael Kenna, Dave Kennedy, Thendara Kida-Gee, Amanda Knowles, Paul Komada, Dianne Kornberg, Nancy Goodman Lawrence, Fulgencio Lazo, Hung Liu, Alejandro Macias, Victor Maldonado, Janet Marcavage, Kelda Martensen, Dorothy McGuinness, Leleita Mckill, Katie Miller, Marilyn Montufar, Saya Moriyasu, Paul Newman, Cory Peeke, Mary Ann Peters, Peter Rand, Ann Chadwick Reid, Glenn Rudolph, Juliet Shen, Akio Takamori, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kimberly Trowbridge, Thuy-Van Vu, Sadie Wechsler, Jingzi Zhao, and Jennifer Zwick.

*Humaira Abid was one of our visiting artists at Puget Sound.