Chair and Professor: Dial
Professors: Brown, Friend, Martin
Associate Professors: Evans, Kovacs
Associate Professor Emerita: Obermayr
Assistant Professor: Granger
Affiliate Instructor: Vaughn
The primary aim of the art program is to develop the aesthetic awareness and technical proficiency of the individual student in the visual arts. The student who declares an art major can earn either the Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The BFA is strongly recommended for those students who plan to pursue graduate work in the visual arts or who intend to enter into commercial studio production. The studio areas offered for concentration are drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, weaving, ceramics and jewelry/metals.
In addition, a variety of art history classes are available, and studio classes are offered periodically in such media as papermaking, basketry, watercolor, and similar subjects. The art major may concentrate in one studio area or work in several areas. In addition, the program offers a variety of studio and art history courses for university students majoring in other fields.
For art majors, Goal 6 of the General Education Requirements must be met with courses outside the Department of Art and Pre-Architecture.
Departmental requirements are the same for both degrees. Students who wish to declare a major in art must meet the following criteria:
Students who major in art must complete the foundation courses (ART 101, 102, 103, 104, and 108) before enrolling in any 200 level or above studio courses. (The student should take these courses during the freshman year.) ART 108 will be required prior to enrollment in 221 and 222 for art majors only. Non-majors may take studio courses/art history without the foundation prerequisites. All students (majors and non-majors) will take studio courses in sequence beginning with the 200 level.
During the last semester of the senior year the student must enroll in Senior Presentation, ART 494. As a requirement for graduation as an art major, the student must present an exhibit of work, participate in an oral review with faculty members, and write a statement that addresses his/her development and growth as an artist/scholar. Elementary and secondary art education majors should reefer to the Teacher Education Section of this catalog. Please note that ART 334, Secondary Art Methods, is only offered during the spring semester of odd-numbered years. Summer school graduates must exhibit during the spring semester preceding graduation. At least 36 of the credits earned toward graduation must be in upper division courses (300 or 400 numbers) and sixteen of these must be in your major.