Art and Art History Mission and Outcomes


The art department offers majors in studio art leading to a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of fine arts degree, and a major in art history leading to a bachelor of arts degree. The department guides students for life-long involvement in the fine and applied arts through preparation for graduate study, teaching, museum and gallery work, graphic design and studio art.

The primary goal of the art department is to encourage and develop the creative potential of each student. This is dependent upon a broad liberal and fine arts background in order to develop technical expertise, aesthetic sensitivity, critical artistic judgment and the ability to question and experiment with creative ideas. One of the major objectives of the art department is to create an atmosphere where diversity can flourish. Flexibility creates an attitude of openness and receptivity to new and innovative ideas. Students concentrate their course work in the areas of ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, printmaking or sculpture in order to develop expertise. A professional and critical atmosphere encourages them to extend their artistic involvement beyond studio exercises into juried exhibitions, internships, independent study and travel.

The art department prepares students to be competent, creative artists, equips them with technical knowledge in their field and, through the study of art history, gives them an appreciation of their heritage and the relationship of art to understanding the past, themselves and contemporary culture.

Clarke’s Quigley Gallery 1550 hosts frequent exhibits of student, faculty and visiting artists’ works. This exposure to new ideas and techniques develops and strengthens professional and critical sensibilities. Undergraduate study in studio art and art history prepares students to be professional artists working in a variety of settings, to enter advanced degree programs in studio art, art history, graphic design, or museum training, and to be teachers at the elementary and/or secondary levels.

Recent graduates are practicing artists, employed in advertising and computer assisted design, art illustration, museums and slide libraries, interior decorating, graphic design and teaching at all levels.


  1. Acquire knowledge and technical expertise in studio art media to demonstrate creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and critical artistic judgment.
  2. Develop an openness to respond to and interact with new and diverse people and ideas.
  3. Explore the relationship of artistic and cultural heritages in order to understand oneself, the past and contemporary society.
  4. Develop and demonstrate critical seeing, writing, speaking and thinking skills through a study of the visual arts.
  5. Extend artistic involvement beyond studio and classroom exercises to juried exhibitions, volunteer work, commissions, internships, independent study and/or travel.
  6. Prepare for lifelong involvement in the fine and applied arts: studio practice, graduate study, classroom teaching, museum and gallery work, graphic design and related careers.
  • Fall Visit Days 2014
  • Arts @ Clarke
  • Homecoming 2014