Art Major & Minor

Producing art as a means of personal expression enriches the life of every student, and every person.

Art challenges each of us to discover and invent ways to communicate ideas through visual forms. Art speaks to us about the past, helps us to confront the present, and prepare for the future. Art encourages us to understand and explore a vast range of traditional and non-traditional ideas, materials and forms.

Where degrees in art can take you.

Hartwick offers a unique opportunity for art majors: a comprehensive “art school” approach within a small liberal arts college. Whether you’re looking for a career as a maker, educator, gallery owner, auction consultant, arts administrator, curator, or artist, as a Hartwick art student you’ll get the hands-on experience you need to succeed.

A closer look.

At Hartwick, professors become mentors, visiting scholars become additional resources, and resident artists become coaches. The combination of direct experiences in art, a progressive review process, and the placement of art in the context of a wide array of other disciplines makes a Hartwick BA in art a distinctive liberal arts experience.

Beyond the basic.

Hartwick hosts a variety of events, including exhibitions, visiting art historians, artist lectures, films, and demonstrations. The department offers off-campus courses including Geology of Art in Hungary.

Art students do advanced work or independent studies in areas of special interest, including gallery and museum management. They intern with professional artists and at local arts organizations. Many Art majors join Artistocracy, the campus organization for art.

Putting art to work.

Hartwick art students, with their liberal arts background and diverse skills, begin careers in a wide range of art-related fields.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Corning Museum of Glass
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • Art Institute of Philadelphia
  • Casco Bay Glassworks
  • Otis Art Institute
  • Ink Injection Tattoo
  • Howard University
  • Louis Misiel Gallery
  • Children’s Museum of Saratoga

Recent Hartwick graduates have studied at:

  • Boston University
  • New York University
  • Otis Art Institute
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Pratt Institute
  • Syracuse University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Drexel University
  • Hunter College
  • Washington University
  • University of Georgia – Athens

Meet the art faculty.

Hartwick’s expert art faculty are focused on the future. They work daily to expand the perspective and possibilities of students who are meant for more. Students who will make a difference in the world of tomorrow. Hartwick students.

Elizabeth Ayer
Professor, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Areas of focus:
Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art, Art of Imperial China and Art of the Andes, 13th century Italian painting and the impact of Byzantine art and culture in the West.
Richard Barlow
Assistant Professor, MFA, University of Minnesota
Areas of focus:
drawing, painting, two-dimensional design
Katharine Kreisher
Professor, MFA, State University of New York at Albany
Areas of focus:
documentary photography, alternative processes, photo-related printmaking methods.
Stephanie Rozene
Assistant Professor, MFA, NSCAD
Areas of focus:
ceramics, craft history, wheel throwing, hand building, surface decoration, glaze chemistry and application, electric and gas-fired kilns.
Terry Slade
Professor, Department Chair, Sculptor in Residence, MFA, Washington University
Areas of focus:
3-D design, sculpture, found objects, the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Joseph Von Stengel
Associate Professor, MFA, University of Oregon.
Areas of focus:
digital art and design, image manipulation, animation, video, web and video games, physical computing and installation art.
Douglas Zullo
Associate Professor, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Areas of focus:
modern western art, art of the 19th and 20th centuries, contemporary art, world cinema, history of photography, and Buddhist art, cross-currents between visual art, music, literature, and performance.
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