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BY RAYMOND S. BARNES
Associate Professor of Art

Looking Back, Moving Forward:
Art at the ’Berg
hits the ‘Big 30’

 

As the art department approaches its 30th birthday, the momentum of its growth continues to develop in the most exciting and sound way; always looking ahead and mindful of progress, yet never losing sight of its roots in a clearly defined fine arts tradition.

A quarter of a century ago the department introduced the study of photography into its curriculum and a year and a half ago another fine art area, printmaking, was similarly introduced. The art department is now able to offer our students the full spectrum of a classic fine arts experience.

Almost 30 years ago there were three full-time faculty members representing the areas of art history, painting and sculpture. Today, in 2003, the number of faculty has doubled with the addition of three part-time instructors.

At this time in the department’s history it is evident that every faculty member believes excellence in teaching is commensurate with scholarly and creative productivity. As well as the addition of new courses including drawing from nature, beginning and advanced printmaking, visual foundations and a senior seminar honors program, the faculty is engaged in a multitude of profes-sional activity.

Dr. Jadviga da costa Nunes, is currently involved in the research topic “Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Mines and Miners, Portrait of the Industry in America, c. 1860 – 1940.” This effort will culminate in a published article in the “Journal of Industrial Archeology.”

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