Junior Review for Studio Art Majors

Please be advised that this is an example of what you will need to do to complete Junior Review. Because dates (and even some requirements) change each year, you should consult your advisor or watch for announcements via your student mail.

VERY IMPORTANT: The Junior Review is offered once per year. It must be successfully completed to begin work on the senior project. Failure to be on campus or failing the Junior Review will result in retaking the Junior Review the following year, which may result in a student having to take an additional semester to complete the Senior Project at Hartwick College and graduate. A student who fails the Junior Review may also choose to change majors.


During the spring term of the junior year, the overall curriculum and college studio work of all art majors is formally reviewed by the art and art history faculty. At this time students must provide 6-8 examples of their work, sketchbooks/process drawings, information for labels for their work and an artist's statement. Specific dates of the review are in the following document.


    In the spring an informational and discussion meeting with all participating juniors and the faculty coordinator will be held in the Foreman Gallery, ACA. Check your email for important information about this event.


    Sketchbooks and statements are to be delivered to the Art and Art History Office no later than the specified date for each year's event. Statements must be submitted digitally and will be read for accuracy and may be returned to you for rewrites. Labels must be given to the Art and Art History secretary by the specified date. If they are not received, you will have no labels or statement for the show. In order to write your statement properly, check "Artist Statement" in this handbook.


    Student preparation for this event will include selection and preparation of a representative body of studio works and the completion of an Art Major Declaration form prior to the review. Academic advisors will be available during their office hours to assist you in this preparation. See the Department of Art and Art History secretary for faculty office hour schedules. We also urge you to seek the advice of your area concentration faculty person to help determine selection of work to be shown. Although the faculty will give you advice on the selection of works to be exhibited, the selection is ultimately your responsibility, and you will be evaluated on those choices.

The faculty coordinator meets with all juniors in the Foreman Gallery to arrange for the installation of the exhibit. THIS IS A MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL JUNIORS. At this meeting, the hanging of the exhibition is discussed in detail. The installation begins that evening and continues for several days. Statements, typed by the secretary, are placed on the wall beside each person's work. Drawings are placed on the floor in the appropriate student area of exhibition. Hanging supplies and advice are supplied, but the hanging of the exhibition is entirely the responsibility of the student. All aspects of the installation must be completed by the given time and date. This includes labels and lighting.

The exhibition is opened to the public and is reviewed by the Department of Art and Art History faculty.

A faculty/student critique is held over two evenings during the exhibition. The critique is not open to the public. ALL JUNIORS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND BOTH EVENINGS OF CRITIQUES.

After the exhibition closes, all work must be removed from the gallery. Failure to comply with removal of work by the stated time and date will result in a FAILURE OF THE JUNIOR REVIEW, and all art work will be discarded.

  • EVALUATION OF THE JUNIOR REVIEW: All Department of Art and Art History faculty members evaluate the Junior Review exhibition, study the Art Major declaration form and, together with all junior studio art majors, participate in the formal critique. Criteria for the evaluation are as follows:
  1. QUALITY OF WORK: The works of art exhibited by each Junior should show a high level of invention and skill and not be just a review of classroom assignments. The focus should suggest an emerging area of concentration for the proposed senior project. In addition, each Junior should present two sketchbooks and or representations of their creative process.
  2. QUALITY OF PRESENTATION: The presentation of works of art is an indication of a professional attitude and is a major factor in evaluation of the Junior Review. "Presentation" includes care and judgment in preparing art for exhibition (matting, framing, preparing pedestals, placement, lighting, labeling, etc.), as well as the consistent quality of the work presented.
  3. QUALITY OF MAJOR DECLARATION: Curriculum: A junior art major must have taken all courses in the core curriculum. This includes Art 113: Drawing I, Art 116: Digital is Fundamental, Art 115: 2-Dimensional Design, Art 165: 3-Dimensional Design, Art 212: Drawing The Figure or Art 217: Drawing Works on Paper, Art 102 :World Art History I, Art 103 :World Art History II, Art 104 :World Art History III; Additional drawing and art history courses taken prior to Junior Review are strongly encouraged. It is important to be enrolled in additional art history and studio courses during the junior year.
  4. PERSONAL ARTIST'S STATEMENT: The written essay should focus on the student's developing insights about his/her works as manifestations of artistic development. It should reflect sources, influences, intentions and expectations both for the student's remaining time at Hartwick and for her/his future involvement in art. It must be no longer than one, single-spaced, 8 1/2" x 11" typewritten page. Consult your advisor for comments prior to the final copy.
  5. QUALITY OF CRITIQUE PARTICIPATION: Each participant in the Junior Review must attend and contribute verbally to the formal critique of the Junior Review exhibition. The degree and quality of that participation is an important factor in evaluation. It is important to be able to discuss your work and the works of others in a critical arena.
  6. CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION: The standard for evaluation of work, presentation and written essay will be whether or not the student achieves "junior level." Junior level implies creative qualities beyond the introductory level in the employment of color (when appropriate), design creativity, mastery of technique, depth of ideas explored, and an understanding of the major tendencies in western art. Weakness in any one of these areas, in the judgment of the art faculty, will result in failure with required remedial work, or failure of the Junior Review if the weakness is too great. You will not be reminded of any due dates. It will be your responsibility to know what is required of you and when. You will be evaluated as follows:

PASS--Satisfactory completion of all areas. Able to sign up for Senior Project.

NO PASS -- REQUIRED REMEDIAL WORK--Any weakness in any area. Remedial work required. Remedial work must be completed before the student can sign up for Senior Project.

Failure to comply with remedial work schedule will result in automatic failure of Junior Review (see opening paragraph).

Once remedial work is successfully completed by the deadline given, you will be able to sign up for your Senior Project.

FAILURE--Failure in many areas. Must retake review the following spring. Student can expect to remain at Hartwick for an additional semester or should consider changing his/her major.

Finally--remember that you must have filled out an ART MAJOR DECLARATION FORM--ask the department secretary for this form and fill it out prior to the Junior Review date.