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Department of Art

College of Arts & Sciences

138 Gatewood Studio Arts Center




Lawrence Jenkens, Professor and Head of Department

Professors Goldstein, Lee, Maggio

Associate Professors Ananian, Blair, Campbell-Thomas, Dimock, Dunnill, Holian, Lixl-Purcell, Martin, Stephan, Wasserboehr

Assistant Professors Lim, Meanley, Oring, Perrill, Walton

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

The Department of Art offers the following degree programs:


art major, concentrations in art education, new media and design, painting, photography, printmaking and drawing, and sculpture


art major, concentrations in art history and studio art


The mission of the Art Department is founded on three passionately held principles:

  • First, that the exploration of ideas through the visual arts is both necessary and culturally valuable;
  • Second, that an understanding of visual communication within contemporary society is critical for an informed world view; and
  • Third, that an appreciation and knowledge of art history, past and present, is essential to both young scholars and developing artists.

In the Art Department, committed faculty, who actively exhibit and publish nationally and internationally, model the high standards we hold our students to in the visual arts, art history, and art education. Our students individually challenge, explore, and push the boundaries of their given field, whether it be establishing an independent vision or perspective in the studio, exploring new facets of art history, or developing their own voices as art educators. Through this diversity, our program offers students a strong, self-motivated course of study where majors have meaningful contact with faculty across disciplines, methodologies, and practices.

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 6, 2012.