Art Major & Minor

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

paintings on exhibit for senior student art show

Where degrees in art can take you.

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

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 students during a visit toThe Museum of Contemporary Art

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.
Hartwick College student art work

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
paintings on exhibit for senior art show

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.

ceramic home pieces on exhibit for senior art show

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.

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

Luke Dougherty

Lecturer in Art

Kevin Q. Gray

Lecturer in Art