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Department of Art

College of Arts & Sciences

138 Gatewood Studio Arts Center




Lawrence Jenkens, Professor and Head of Department

Professors Aichele, Goldstein, Lee, Maggio

Associate Professors Ananian, Blair, Dimock, Dunnill, Lixl-Purcell, Stephan, Wasserboehr

Assistant Professors Campbell, Cassidy, Holian, Leal, Lim, Martin, Meanley, Perrill, Sobsey, Walton

Lecturers Ellis, Gantt, C. Thomas, S. Thomas

Adjunct Faculty Doll, Eden, Grimaldi, Gustafson

The Department of Art offers the following degree programs:


art major, concentrations in art education, design, painting, and sculpture


art major, concentrations in art history/museum studies and studio art


The department believes that at the undergraduate level students are best served by a liberal university education with a specialization in art. Specialized degree programs emphasize the traditional disciplines of painting, sculpture, design, art history, and art education. Students seeking vocational specializations should pursue relevant post-baccalaureate studies.

All transfer students should make an appointment with the transfer advisor for a transcript and portfolio review to approve transfer studio art and art history transfer credit. Director of Undergraduate Advising advises all art majors and minors throughout the year.

Courses in drawing, painting, and sculpture in the 20s, 30s, and 50s series emphasize working from dual approaches of observation and abstraction. Still life, landscapes, interior environments, and the human figure are the primary sources of study from which students work toward developing basic observational skills. Students focus on conceptual approaches as they incorporate research, skill, interpretation, and invention into abstract forms of art making. Courses in the design concentration include digital imagery, ceramics, photography, color theory, and crafts. Courses in the 40s, 70s, and 80 to 84 series focus on the inherent systemic logic, or functional aspects of art.

The department provides a thorough background in art history and museum studies through introductory courses and subsequent graduated offerings that extend focus, range, and depth.

The art education program offers courses in studio art and art history to majors while preparing them in theoretical and philosophical foundations as well as research, curriculum development, and teaching methods. Students gain the expertise necessary for teaching in K–12 grade levels and other settings through theory, field practicums, internship, and student teaching.

Students in all concentrations in the department also avail themselves to courses that allow for the advanced pursuit of relevant topics in studio art, art history, museum studies, art education seminars, independent study, internships, practicums, and student teaching experiences. The faculty includes studio artists, art educators, and art historians of acclaimed accomplishments in their areas of specialization.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Department of Art each sponsor a program of exhibitions, lectures, and workshops that enhances the educational goals of the art curriculum.

As a student organization, the UNCG National Art Education Association Student Chapter seeks to build and sustain art education networks in the art and education community locally, nationally, and internationally. The organization hopes to share knowledge and experiences in the K–12 teaching license procedure and requirements and to create a safe and educational environment for UNCG student members who seek teaching careers in art.

The department’s studio and art education facilities are located in the Maud F. Gatewood Studio Arts Building on Highland Avenue. Art historians have offices located in the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

This page was last updated on June 8, 2011.