Sep 30, 2022  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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

Chair: Chris Waters
Administrative Support Staff:
Public Relations and Advising: Sheena Lewis and Audrey Beauchesne
Personnel/Course Scheduling: Suzanne Shivnen
Financial/Budget: Karri Spoelstra

Professors: Darryl Baird, Chris Waters; Associate Professors: Benjamin Gaydos, Mike Sevick, Cristen Velliky; Lecturers III and IV, Janet Lorch, Rebecca Zeiss; Lecturers I and II: Alla Dubrovich, Tim Gralewski, Gerald Hess, Linda Johnson,  Holly Stevens, Donal Young,

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. 




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