Department of Art

The Department of Art fosters excellence, open inquiry, and creative practice. Our students learn to think critically, communicate clearly, and work creatively. Working across a diverse range of media—ceramics, digital arts, fibers, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture—students and faculty seek innovation while respecting visual histories, traditions, and diverse perspectives.


Collaborative and Creative Community

In our dynamic community—with small studio classes and clusters of activity around specialized shops—students form strong relationships with peers and instructors.

As actively practicing and exhibiting artists, our faculty will introduce you to the challenges, questions, and merits of creative inquiry. Faculty regularly contribute to current developments in the field and share those experiences with their students.


The Student Experience

Our commitment to artmaking as an ongoing practice and open inquiry are central to all levels of learning—from an introductory course for a nonmajor through the thesis work for a graduate student. As an art student, you will learn technical skills and material processes, as well as gain fluency in visual languages and the articulation of meaning. In the Department of Art, you can take courses in ceramics, digital arts, fibers, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.


Enrich Your Academic Experience

Explore programs and opportunities that broaden your academic experience including our visiting artist lecture series, study abroad programs, and internships.


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Alumni Spotlight

Portrait of artist Hyacinth Schukis in their studioHyacinth Schukis, '20

Photographer and artist Hyacinth Schukis (BFA, ’20) dismantles the Western canon one self-portrait at a time. From rethinking the legacy of the Greek poet Sappho to recreating Caravaggio’s compositions, Schukis intervenes in history with their camera and tries to right gendered misrepresentations.

“I fell in love with photography because it has a certain kind of magic. It has the power to give or take away the reality of something,” they said. “Since I’m working with changing how we view imagery from Western art, reality is really something to consider, because it can give an image authority or power.”

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The Department of Art's News + Opportunities blog shares faculty, student, and alumni news, student opportunities, events, resources, and more.