Our Art Department's different concentrations for the Bachelor's Degree give students different avenues in which they can express individualism and creativity
The current convergence of most traditional forms of art-making with digital technology presents exciting and complex challenges for artists today. The Combined Media program, in concert with Digital Media, Photography and Printmaking, is structured to empower artists of the future to address these challenges by providing a multi-disciplinary artistic base, informed by a strong foundation in theory and criticism. Students work closely with faculty and peers to develop their unique direction and focus as working artists, utilizing state-of-the-art
hardware and software to discover how emerging technologies might inform their work. Unlike many programs involved in digital technology, ours is characterized not by an infatuation with the bells and whistles of the "new," but is committed to a lucid and critical approach to the myriad tools at artists' disposal today.
Painting and Drawing
The Painting and Drawing area provides the core of the studio foundation program, offering courses in Drawing, Painting, Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory. Students gain a basic understanding of the formal and conceptual components of Painting and Drawing, as well as a working knowledge of historical and contemporary developments in the media. The primary emphasis is to cultivate a student's comprehension of visual principles and pictorial mechanics as elements that are fundamental to artistic progress. Students are encouraged to employ these skills in seeking a personal artistic expression.
The photography program encourages and facilitates artistic development and sensitivity. Students develop a basic understanding of photographic practices, both historical and contemporary, and explore the myriad ways in which photographs both reflect and define culture. Through courses in black and white and color photography, non-silver processes, and studio photography, students gain empirical knowledge of the many technical and conceptual dimensions of the medium.
The Printmaking Program emphasizes artistic innovation and
experimentation, while offering a thorough grounding in both
traditional and contemporary technique. Course offerings include
Etching, Silkscreen, Digital Printmaking, Collage, Woodcut,
Photopolymer Gravure, Monotype, Artists' Books, and Animation.
Printmaking is taught in terms of its relationship to the cultural
issues of reproduction, communication, exchange, consumption, rarity,
and originality, as well to the practices of drawing, painting,
photography, and sculpture. A "print" may be a mixed media
work-on-paper; a paper or printed fabric sculpture; a photo-etching
created from a digital file, or a wallpaper installation, for example.
The technical procedures employed may continue traditions dating to
the Renaissance, utilize digital imaging, or combine both approaches
in a single printwork.
Sculpture introduces students to a wide range of technical procedures and provides the means for exploration in both experimental and traditional media. Spacious and well-equipped common work areas shared with the Graduate Students in the new Boor
Sculpture Studio, dedicated in Fall, 2002, offer an inspirational environment for creative individual growth. The facilities, designed with extensive safety features, include an undergraduate studio, a complete foundry, a welding and metal fabrication shop, an outdoor work pad, a full wood shop, mold making room, state of the art digital imaging facilities, and experimental presentation space.