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.

Career Tracks

By following different tracks, creative career goals can be custom made for each student.  For example a student interested in being a creative in an advertising firm would be an art major concentrating in digital art and design with a secondary concentration in drawing or photography. They should also be a business minor and should take a couple of intro psychology and mid level English classes. The student would also participate in at least one design based internship.

Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick art and art history students participate in a rigorous art program. Working within concentrations of study and across the curriculum, students build the skills and knowledge needed to work as professional illustrators, art directors, graphic designers, artist, and more.



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Nuria Santos ’25

Graduate School

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Allyson Quirk ’20

MA, Art Therapy
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Abby Cerne ’19

MFA, Ceramics
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Emile Boisvert ’14

Art & Art History Degree Options & REquirements

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

The studio art degree offers concentrations in: Ceramics, Digital Art & Design (includes Video, 2D Animation, Graphic Design and Digital Art), Drawing (includes Illustration), Glass, Painting, Photography (both Traditional and Digital), Printmaking, and Sculpture.

All degrees offered by the Department of Art & Art History at Hartwick College, are certified by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).


Review all the requirements in the College Catalog.

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.

Review the current course offerings in the College Catalog.


Interested in majoring in art? While a portfolio is not required for admission to the art department, it is encouraged.

Please submit, via single PDF or a link via Google drive, 15-20 images of your best work for review. Include title, material and date of each piece of artwork.

Send your portfolio to or set up a portfolio review in person during your campus visit.

The art faculty will be available to review portfolios during all Open Houses and Art Discovery Days.

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


Richard Barlow

Associate Professor of Art & Department Co-Chair

Katharine Kreisher

Professor of Art, Coordinator of Minor in Documentary Photography and Co-founder of Round House Press

Stephanie Rozene

Professor of Art

Joseph Von Stengel

Professor of Art, Coordinator of Minor in Graphic Communication & Department Co-Chair

Douglas Zullo

Associate Professor of Art History

Leah Frankel

Professor of Practice in Art

Erik Halvorson

Glass Artist in Residence and 3D Technician

Normandy Alden

Lecturer in Art

Kevin Q. Gray

Lecturer in Art

Jonathan S. Pincus

Lecturer in Art

Still Have Questions?

Contact the Art & Art History Department