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 Kappa Pi, the Art & Art History National Honor Society and Clay Club.

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 of Art History
MA, Ceramics, MFA & Ph.D. Art History, Rutgers University
Areas of expertise:
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 of Art
MFA, University of Minnesota; BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Areas of expertise:
drawing, painting, 2D design
Leah Frankel
Visiting Professor of Art
MFA, The Ohio State University
Areas of expertise:
sculpture, installation art
Kevin Q. Gray '01
Lecturer in Art
MFA, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
Areas of expertise:
photography, museum education
Erik Halvorson
Glass Artist in Residence and 3D Technician
MFA, NYSCC at Alfred University
Katharine Kreisher
Professor of Art, Coordinator of Minor in Documentary Photography and Co-founder of Round House Press
B.S. Skidmore College; MA and MFA, University at Albany, SUNY
Areas of expertise:
documentary photography, alternative processes, photo-related printmaking methods.
Stephanie Rozene
Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Art & Art History
Areas of expertise:
ceramics, craft history, wheel throwing, hand building, surface decoration, glaze chemistry and application, electric and gas-fired kilns.
Joseph Von Stengel
Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Art and Art History
MFA, University of Oregon; BFA, University of Hartford
Areas of expertise:
digital art, 2D animation, digital video, 3D printing, graphic design, social media marketing.
Douglas Zullo
Associate Professor of Art History
B.A., Art History, Baldwin-Wallace University; M.A., Ph.D., Art History, The Ohio State University
Areas of expertise:
art of the 19th through 21st centuries, history of photography, Buddhist art, cross-currents between visual art, music, literature, and performance.
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