Art Major & Minor

Where degrees in art can take you.

With big studio facilities and small classes, Hartwick offers art majors a comprehensive “art school” approach within a liberal arts college. 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 B.A. in art a distinctive liberal arts experience.

Whether you’re looking for a career as an artist, designer, or educator as a Hartwick art student you’ll get the hands-on experience you need to succeed. Typically graduates pursue careers as:

  • Fine Artists
  • High School Teachers
  • Art & Recreational Therapists
  • Graphic Designers
  • Multi Media Artists & Animators
  • Art Directors
  • Industrial Designers
  • Advertising, Promotions & Marketing Managers
  • Web Developers


According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of craft and fine artists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means about 3,100 new jobs within the next decade.

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. Our graduates have pursued degrees in: Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts Administration, Master of Business Administration in Design Strategy, Master in Art Education, Master in Art Therapy, Master of Special Education, and Master of Music in Leadership.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Corning Museum of Glass
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • Ink Injection Tattoo
  • Americorps
  • Baywood Center
  • The Saratoga Art Center
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • NYC Public and Private Schools
  • Sundance Film Festival, NYC
  • The Childs Gallery
  • Farmhouse Pottery
  • Best Tile
  • Trinity School, NYC
  • Milne, Inc.
  • Business Models Inc.

Recent Hartwick graduates have studied at:

  • Boston University
  • New York University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • The Ohio State University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • California College of the Arts
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Syracuse University
  • Drexel University
  • Springfield College
  • The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
  • Drexel University

Beyond the basic.

Hartwick hosts a variety of events including art exhibitions, lectures and demonstrations by visiting artists and art historians, as well as film screenings. Students travel with faculty on field trips to regional museums and conferences around the country and off-campus J Term courses around the world.

Art students participate in career-oriented internships or independent studies. They intern with professional artists, arts organizations, and businesses. Students have multiple opportunities to exhibit their art work in The Foreman Gallery, around campus and in the community.

Art majors can join Kappa Pi, the Art & Art History National Honor Society and Clay Club, which provide additional programming including service learning events like Empty Bowls, open studio nights, and student curated exhibitions.

A closer look.

Visual literacy is a crucial 21st century skill. We live in an increasingly image based world. At Hartwick art students learn to communicate effectively through the production and analysis of images and objects. You will learn to engage in constructive debate through written and verbal critiques, and gain political fluency by engaging with contemporary societal and global issues through art. The intersection of fields such as business, technology, political science and psychology with a major in art leads you to discover unexpected, diverse and satisfying careers.

Meet the art faculty.

Art faculty at Hartwick are working artists and designers who share their professional experiences with students in the classroom. Helping them navigate all the career possibilities associated with a major in art.

Professors and artists in residence become mentors, and visiting artists and art historians become additional resources. With class sizes no more than 18 students, faculty get to know each individual resulting in a personalized education.

Normandy Alden
Lecturer in Art
MFA, University of Nebraska; BS, Gettysburg College
Areas of expertise:
ceramics hand building, wheel throwing.
Elizabeth Ayer
Professor Emerita 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
Associate Professor of Art
MFA, University of Minnesota; BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Areas of expertise:
drawing, painting, 2D design.
Luke Dougherty
Lecturer in Art
MFA, University of Buffalo; BS, SUNY Oneonta
Areas of expertise:
drawing, 2D design, drawing the figure.
Leah Frankel
Visiting Professor of Art
MFA, The Ohio State University; BA, University of Maryland
Areas of expertise:
sculpture, installation art, 3D design, new media.
Kevin Q. Gray '01
Lecturer in Art
MFA, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; BA, Hartwick College
Areas of expertise:
photography, museum education.
Erik Halvorson
Glass Artist in Residence and 3D Technician
MFA, NYSCC at Alfred University; BS, University of Wisconsin
Areas of expertise:
glass blowing, glass casting.
Katharine Kreisher
Professor of Art, Coordinator of Minor in Documentary Photography and Co-founder of Round House Press
MA and MFA, University at Albany, SUNY; B.S. Skidmore College
Areas of expertise:
documentary photography (traditional, digital and alternative processes), photo-related printmaking methods.
Stephanie Rozene
Associate Professor of Art
MFA, NSCAD University; BFA, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
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 of Art, Coordinator of Minor in Graphic Communication
MFA, University of Oregon; BFA, University of Hartford
Areas of expertise:
digital art, 2D animation, digital video, digital fabrication, graphic design, social media marketing, design thinking.
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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