Chair of the Department of Art: Janet Sorensen
Studio Art Faculty:
Professors: Doretta M. Miller, Robert ParkeHarrison, The Ella Van Dyke Tuthill ‘32 Chair of Studio Art; David Peterson, The Robert Davidson Chair in Art
Associate Professors: Deborah Hall, Kate Leavitt, Sang Wook Lee, Paul Sattler, Janet Sorensen; Sarah Sweeney, Joanne Vella, Matthew Wilt
Assistant Professor: John Galt, Fabian Lopez
Teaching Professors: Patricia B. Lyell, Deborah Morris
Lecturer: *Emily Vallee
Shop Supervisor and Building Safety Coordinator: Paul Davis
* = part time
Skidmore is a Charter Member, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 1970. Accredited 1982, 1992, 2004.
The department offers a bachelor of science degree in studio art.
The studio art program offers a rich and diverse range of investigations across the disciplines of art making and art history. Integrating extensive liberal arts offerings with a broad studio experience, majors may choose to balance exploration with focus in a particular area as preparation for graduate school or future work in an art-related field. Critical thinking, imaginative problem-solving, and self-reflective evaluation are key components in the development of the theoretical and technical aspects of art making. Through art courses students gain competency in visual language, an increasingly important skill in contemporary culture. Visual and verbal analytical and organizational skills learned in the studio apply to thoughtful practice in many arenas of our complex world.
Studio art majors will complete thirteen studio art courses and three art history courses. Prospective majors will first complete exploratory courses selected from a wide range of studio areas before focusing upon a concentration in one of the following areas: ceramics, communication design, drawing, fibers, jewelry and metals, painting, photography, printmaking, electronic media, and sculpture. Faculty serve not only as teachers within their area of expertise, but also as advisors who help students select and pursue the course of study best suited to each individual.
The Schick Art Gallery offers students, the college community, and the public an opportunity to study significant contemporary exhibitions that compliment the Studio Art curriculum. Art from museums, galleries, private collections and artists is borrowed for exhibitions that address a wide range of disciplines and are often accompanied by catalogues, gallery lectures, and discussions. In addition, there is an annual art faculty and juried Skidmore student exhibition. For over 30 years the Schick Art Gallery has played an integral role as a teaching lab in the Department of Art to fully educate students in the visual arts and creative process.
All studio art courses meet for six hours per week. A cumulative grade of C or better is required for all work in the major.
There are two areas of studio art for which Advanced Placement (AP) credit can be awarded: Studio Art: General and Studio Art: Drawing. A score of 4 or 5 in any one area earns the student four college credits, and it is the department’s policy that those four AP credits can be used toward an elective in the student’s major or minor.
All studio art (AR) courses fulfill the Arts breadth requirement. Art theory (AT) courses do not.
AR 358 - Digital Media I: Motion