Jun 28, 2022  
Catalog 2021-2022 
Catalog 2021-2022


Chair of the Department of Art: Sarah Sweeney

Studio Art Faculty:

Professors: Sang Wook Lee, The Ella Van Dyke Tuthill ‘32 Chair of Studio Art; Robert ParkeHarrison, David Peterson, Paul Sattler

Associate Professors: Deborah Hall, The Robert Davidson Chair in Art; Kate Leavitt, Fabian Lopez, Sarah Sweeney, Joanne Vella, Matthew Wilt

Visiting Assistant Professor: Lindsay Buchman

Assistant Professor: John Galt

Teaching Professors: Patricia B. Lyell

Lecturers: Jenny Kemp, Gina Occhiogrosso, Michael Van Winkle

Shop Supervisor and Building Safety Coordinator: Paul Davis

* = part time

Department Overview

Skidmore is an accredited Charter Member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1970.

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, digital 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.

Located in the heart of the Saisselin Art Center, the Schick plays an integral role as a teaching lab in our department, offering students, the college community, and the public an opportunity to engage with six to eight contemporary art exhibitions annually. Professional artists exhibiting in the gallery visit campus to participate in gallery talks and to meet and critique with art classes.  The gallery is a creative gathering place for concerts and readings by the student-run Music in the Schick program, as well as Pop-up exhibitions of student work from Studio Art or Documentary Studies classes.

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.

Major Requirements


Minor Requirements


Course Listing

AR 243 - Digital Media I: Animation 

Art Theory