Art & Art History Special Opportunities

Experiential Learning

Art Studios and Labs

Studio spaces are large and offer both traditional and emerging technologies for students to learn and explore. Class sizes are small to ensure students have easy access to materials, equipment and professors. Studios and labs are open to students over 12 hours a day most days and students get personal studio spaces as seniors.

Internship Opportunities

Art and art history students have access to a number of creative and research based internships. Students in the past have participated in internships as graphic designers, digital printers, gallery workers, social media coordinators, web designers, market researchers, and studio hands.

Work-study Employment

Students eligible for work-study can work in areas that overlap with their artistic interests in any studio area or the Foreman Gallery. You can gain practical skills during your time at college that will help you in your job search later.

Visiting Artist and Artist in Residence

Every semester Hartwick College invites artists to come to the college to show their work in the Foreman Gallery, give artist lectures, and demonstrate their technique and discuss aesthetics. Art historians are asked to present their research in lectures.

Foreman Gallery

Visiting Artists:

Richard Artschwager
Nanette Carter
Steve Currie
Fred Escher
Robert Fichter
Denise Green
Maren Hassinger
Nancy Holt
Roxanne Jackson
Steve Linn

Martha Madigan
Duane Michals
Kay Miller
Anne Elizabeth Moore
Olivia Parker
Sal Romano
Juan Sanchez
Paul Soldner
Kay WalkingStick
John Wood

Donna Dennis
Susan Unterberg
Michael Bramwell
Alvaro Garcia
Suzanne Bocanegra
Niki Berg
John Moore
Yong Soon Min

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Awards & Grants

Arkell Hall Award in Art & Art History

Given to a rising senior deemed the most outstanding and exemplary student in the art and art history programs and whose work has been consistently exceptional in creative expression and/or intellectual depth.

Saxton Award in Art & Art History

Given to rising juniors or seniors exemplifying outstanding contributions to the Department of Art &Art History. During the year following the award, the student completes a special assignment within the department for which she or he receives a financial award.

Best in Show Junior Review and Senior Show

A financial award granted to the student with the best artwork in the Junior Review and Senior Show.

Foreman Art Scholarship

Awarded to superior incoming art students who have demonstrated need by the FAFSA in the hopes of making the Hartwick art program a possibility.

Simcoe Clark Mini Grant Program

Twice a year the department holds an open call for art history research and studio art project proposals. Students can be awarded up to $500 for art materials and travel cost for research for a specific project.

Clubs and Organizations

Kappa Pi, Art & Art History National Honors Society

Kappa Pi was brought to Hartwick College by students in the Fall of 2015. It is a national art and art history honors fraternity that promotes excellence in creativity, aesthetic and research. Kappa Pi exposes students to visiting artists and offers trips to art museums and galleries. The group also holds art events that support art and art history students.

Clay Club

Clay Club is a student run campus club centered on the research and creation of ceramics objects. Clay Club brings in visiting artists, holds ceramics sales and helps fund students to go to the National Council on Education for Ceramics (NCECA) conference.

Off Campus Trips & Study Abroad

NYC Bus Trip

Once each semester the department reserves a bus to take students down to see the galleries and art museums in New York City.

J Term Overseas

Every year during J Term (a condensed one month long term) the Art and Art History Department offers a study abroad program. Recent programs have been to Hungary, Ireland, England, and Italy.

Service Learning & Community Outreach

Harvest Dinner Project & Empty Bowls

Hartwick students make ceramic dinnerware for a two-night farm-to-table dinner and charity auction event. Students staff the event, completing a semester of collaborative, hands-on, service-based learning.

Students participate in Empty Bowls by creating ceramic bowls for a charity event with local restaurants. The greater community is invited to purchase the bowls and enjoy great soup.

Both events raise money for the local food banks. 

Annual “Peep Show”

Peep fans hailing from the Hartwick and Oneonta communities partake in the College’s annual “Peep Show.” To celebrate the arrival of spring and the unique confection, the Art & Art History Department invites members of the College and surrounding communities to create a work of art representing, interpreting, defacing, mocking, celebrating, or analyzing the infamous marshmallow treat. Student menbers of Kappa Pi organize and staff the annual event.

Show Opportunities

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Every year the Department of Art and Art History sponsors a juried exhibition of works of art made by students who have taken a course in the department. The exhibition is installed in the Foreman Gallery and is usually held in the fall semester. Prizes for the best works in different media, along with prizes for the best of show, are given at the opening reception.

“Student Group Show” at the Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO)

Every year Hartwick Kappa Pi students work with students at the State College at Oneonta to put together a show in downtown Oneonta. The show is juried, hung and presented by students from both colleges.

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