Art & Art History Department

Art history student in Italian museum

Art & Art History Department Overview

Hartwick art and art history students learn to think critically and creatively about visual culture through the study of art history, and the creation of art using both traditional studio methods and new emerging technologies.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.

Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick art and art history students participate in a rigorous art program as well as the Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum. This combination provides students with the knowledge they need to reach their goals.


Web Design & Marketing
Catskill Hops Farm & Mountain Dell Farm
Loverte Larkai ‘15

Marketing & Design
For Lovers/K5 Whiskey
Rosa Roybal-Maun ‘16

Graduate School

MPS, Fashion Management
The New School, Parsons School of Design
Allyson Quirk ’20

MA, Art Therapy
Naropa University
Abby Cerne ’19

MFA, Ceramics
The Ohio State University
Maxwell Holden ’15


Development Associate
Mount Sinai Hospital
Honour Harlowe ’16

Special Assistant, Impressionist and Modern Art
Sotheby’s Aucion House
Tessa Kansas ’15

3D Lab Supervisor
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Ben Yacavone ’16

Art & Art History Degree Options

The department offers major and minor degrees in studio art and art history as well as minors in graphic communications and photojournalism.

Art & Art History Degree Options

Art & Art History Requirements

Ready to be a studio art or art history major or minor? Here’s what it takes.

Art & Art History Major and Minors

Art & Art History Courses

The Art & Art History Department offers a diverse catalog of courses in a variety of media including: painting, drawing, illustration, ceramics, glass, sculpture, photography, printmaking, video, 2D animation, graphic design, and digital art. We cover art history from ancient to contemporary art with special topics courses that explore specific areas around the world. Class sizes are kept small to ensure one-on-one collaboration between students and professors and easy access to studio equipment.

Current Course Offerings

Special Opportunities

Hartwick art and art history students have access to many exploratory and creative opportunities on and off campus. Visiting artists and artists in residence present their work and give demonstrations throughout the school year. Studio spaces are large and contain both traditional and emerging technologies. Small class sizes ensure students have easy access to materials, equipment and professors. A bus trip to NYC runs every semesters and J Term off campus trips to Hungary and Italy are offered every year. Class field trips regularly bring students to regional museums such as the Fenimore Art Museum, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and Corning Glass Museum. Students also have access to art and art history specific scholarships and mini grants.

More About Special Opportunities

Hartwick Faculty

The art and art history faculty at Hartwick are dedicated teachers and working artists who always put their students first.

Meet the Art & Art History Faculty