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Art History | Studio Art
Overview Studio Art at the University of Virginia is a rigorous, pre-professional program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The department attempts to give students instruction in the basic skills and application in the following areas: drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, electronic media, contemporary media and techniques. Courses also seek to acquaint the student with the concerns and issues of visual art through practical studio experience.
The art department's studio major is a liberal arts program designed to accommodate students with various interests and abilities, serving those who expect to become professional artists and welcoming those who are mainly interested in art as an avocation or as a means toward aesthetic fulfillment. Students are also encouraged to take courses in the history of art so that they may acquire knowledge of pictorial meaning and the wide range of artistic expression and interpretation found in different cultural periods. Students who wish to do intensive work in a single area may work in project courses which provide both flexibility and faculty feedback.
Faculty There are nine faculty members in the department. One of the department's strengths is the diversity of interests among the faculty. Each faculty member has had highly successful exhibitions at numerous galleries across the country such as the Tatistcheff Gallery in New York, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C., and the Fine Gallery in Princeton. Among the awards and honors garnered by members of this group is a recent Virginia Commission of the Arts Award for printmaking and sculpture, and an Artist's Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in painting and sculpture. Works by the faculty are in many prestigious museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The faculty make themselves easily accessible to their students, serving as mentors in and out of the classroom.
Students Each year, approximately sixty students major in studio art. As there is not a graduate program, all courses are taught by faculty. All studio art courses have limited enrollment, since the courses are taught in atelier style. All majors, in their fourth year, are required to complete a senior exhibition.
Many students in studio art are double majors. Art history is the most obvious choice for a second major, though English and psychology are also common.
Approximately 20 percent of the majors go on to graduate work within the fine arts. Placement has been good, including admission to top national programs. Other students seek graduate work in related fields, including graphic and fashion design, medical illustration, art therapy, illustration, museum work, gallery management, advertising design, and teaching.
Requirements for Major Majors acquire essential artistic skills, as well as experience in the handling of a wide variety of materials and methods. The program puts the student in touch with the problems of creation and with the ideas of artists in the contemporary world.
The major requires 30 credits in studio art courses including the 100 level. Twelve credits must be at the 200 level and 9 credits at the 300 or 400 level. ARTH 280 (Art Since 1945) is required and should be taken in the fall term of the third year. During the spring semester of the third year, the major participates in an evaluation of his or her work by the entire faculty, and in the fourth year he or she declares a concentration in painting, printmaking, photography or sculpture which culminates in an exhibition.
Requirements for Minor The minor in studio art requires 18 credits in studio art and participation in a fourth-year exhibition of work by studio minors.
Additional Information For more information, contact Philip Geiger, Brooks Hall 207, Charlottesville, VA 22903; (804) 924-6143.
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