Painting, sculpture, glassblowing, ceramics, digital art, photography and printmaking – Hartwick has all the studio space, tools and hands-on learning to nurture your creative talents and share your gifts with the community – and the world.

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Many Career Paths

Hartwick College art student working in Fab Lab

Designer. Creator. Educator. Employers need artists across disciplines, whether you’re developing a new logo for a business, teaching the next generation of artists, or beautifying spaces with paintings, sculptures and other works.

Hartwick College art student with faculty mentor, Leah Frankel

Your Faculty Advisor will recommend classes and experiences based on your passions, and your Career Coach will point you in the direction of real-world work experiences where you can test-drive your skills.

Hartwick College students sitting viewing paintings during exhibition

Want to teach? Add an Education Certification at the high school or inclusive elementary level. Or add a Museum Studies minor to learn how to curate exhibits that will inspire and inform.


Art is all around you at Hartwick. With dedicated studio spaces for glassblowing, sculpture, ceramics, painting, letterpress and printmaking, you’ll not only hone your skills in your discipline, but have ample opportunities to work in new mediums and develop new talents.

Sketch a live model in our drawing circle. Get in our fab lab and make use of our Glowforge laser cutter, our top-of-the-line 3D printers and American Cutter vinyl cutter. If you can imagine it, you can make it at Hartwick.

J Term trips abroad to Japan, Senegal, and Ireland will immerse you in the artworks of other cultures. And there is plenty to discover in Hartwick’s backyard too! Forge metal at Salem Art Works, learn how to make edible sugar ceramics or cook fish in wet clay from visiting artists. It all goes on your digital resume that shows employers that you’ve got what it takes to succeed.


From the start of your time at Hartwick, you’ll enjoy hands-on, personalized learning with experienced faculty who want to help you develop your talent and portfolio. Cross-collaborations with other departments could see you painting sets for an upcoming play, or designing a website for a club or local organization.

There are plenty of opportunities to showcase your work. Take part in the Junior exhibition, where your work could win the Academic Affairs Purchase Prize and be displayed at Hartwick. And in your senior year, your thesis project will get its own section of the Foreman Gallery, as well as be eligible for the President’s Purchase Prize, showcasing your work in the President’s office for a year before joining the permanent alumni collection.

Your Alumni Mentor will share what they’ve learned in the workplace, and your Success Coach will be there from the beginning, cheering you on.


Like Chris Rochelle ’99, now the Hot Glass Projects Team Leader at Corning Museum of Glass. He taught glass blowing as part of Celebrity Cruise’s “Hot Glass at Sea” program, as well as with the museum’s traveling glass shop.

Like Shawn Hansen ‘16, who now serves as the Wet Clay instructor at The Firestone. He uses his own skills to create conceptual ceramic artwork that aims to create societal awareness of public health inequalities.

Like Olivia Ek ‘15, now a Visual Art Teacher at Amistad Dual Language School in New York City. After graduation, she received her teaching certification and a master’s in art education and social justice from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Meet the art faculty.

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 and Art History

Jonathan S. Pincus

Lecturer in Art