Art Department Mission Statement

The Department of Art provides pathways for students to explore art, visual creativity, and art history within the liberal arts tradition. Studio art and art history majors develop the elements of visual literacy and performance, including observational proficiency, basic media-specific skills, understanding of historical context, the ability to analyze and articulate these visual issues, and produce independent work. The curriculum is designed to prepare art history and studio art majors to meet the entrance requirements of graduate programs in art history, studio art, and art education, or to prepare them with skills in creative visual expression and critical analysis that are assets in many career paths.

Program Goals for Art History and Studio Art

-Demonstrate an understanding of visual language in its role of imparting meaning
-Acquire critical thinking skills and the ability to articulate concepts and present arguments
-Effectively communicate issues and aspects of visual experience and culture in oral and written arguments, and studio projects.

Program Goals Specific to Studio Art

-Demonstrate proficiency in analytical drawing and digital media skills
-Discuss and articulate knowledge of contemporary artists and understanding of the current ideas and concepts generated by visual artworks in global cultural discourse
-Demonstrate proficiency in and knowledge of visual conventions and issues resulting from concentrated study in one medium
-Research ideas, and make one’s work accessible to others through clear, well organized visual thinking
-Demonstrate skills in personal discipline (studio habits, ability to focus, ability to work independently) as effectively applied to problem-solving
-Demonstrate a self-reflective and critical approach in making artworks
-Produce independent thesis work that is informed by a broad knowledge of visual media/ Document work and present it in modes consistent with current professional practice