Jun 16, 2024  
2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art/Visual Arts and Art History (ART/ARH)

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4116 William S White Building
(810) 766-6679
Fax: (810) 766-6834

Chair: Chris Waters, Administrative Support
Administrative Assistant: Gale Glover

Professors: Darryl Baird, Chris Waters; Associate Professors: Sarah Lippert,  Mike Sevick, Cristen Velliky; Assistant Professors: Ben Gaydos, Joseph Reinsel; Lecturers Jjenna Andrews, Jim Cheek, David Cowan, Alla Dubrovich, Gerald Hess, Tim Kranz, Janet Lorch, Holly Stevens, Fred Wagonlander,  Donal Young, Rebecca Zeiss, Linda Johnson

Art and Art History programs offer a wide range of exciting opportunities to assist students in reaching their career, intellectual and personal goals. The Art and Art History faculty members offer students a level of personal attention that enhances the learning process. A high degree of hands-on experience and opportunities for internships also exist within the department. The department has numerous studio spaces, including ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. In addition, the department has highly specialized facilities for graphics design, photography (darkroom), and audio/video production.

Mission and Program Assessment 

Both Art and Art History are based on a curriculum that emphasizes analytical processes, critical thinking and theoretical and technical proficiency. Students are trained as innovators, creators, communicators, theorists, and historians of art and visual culture. Program focus is on academic excellence and integrity in scholarship.

The curriculum provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare them for career entry and also serve as artists in related fields, such as art education, exhibition management, curatorial work and criticism. In addition, we 

  • cultivate a supportive learning community for both students and faculty in which intellectual curiosity and creative exploration of ideas are nurtured.
  • encourage student involvement in the university and greater community as artists and historians of art in related fields, engaged citizens, creative thinkers and scholars. 

Programs in Visual Art and Art History

Five concentration programs are offered: the Art and Design Program (BFA) Fine Arts Program (BFA) , the Program in Visual Arts Education (Bachelor of Science)  , the Art History and Criticism Program (BA) , and the Visual Arts and Art History Honors Program (BA, BS or BFA) . Minors in Art History Art of Drawing Minor  , Art of Painting Minor , Ceramics Minor , Graphic Design Minor , Interaction Design Minor , Photography Minor , Printmaking Minor , Pre-Conservation of Art and Architecture Minor Sculpture Minor  are also available.

The Art and Art History programs also participate in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)  degree program by offering coursework in photography and graphic design.  A graduate program in Arts Administration (MA) , jointly offered by the Departments of Art and Art History, Music, Theater and Dance and Public Administration, is also available.  (See the “Graduate Study ” section of this Catalog for further information.)

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