Associate Professor Ronald Abram, Chair
Associate Professors Ronald Abram (chair), Carrie Olson, Micaela Vivero and Sheilah A. Wilson; Assistant Professor Keith Spencer; Academic Administrative Assistant Dyan Couden; Visual Resource Curator Jacqueline Pelasky; Ceramic/Sculpture Technician Stanley Wrzysczynski
Departmental Guidelines and Goals
In Studio Art we foster independent and creative thought, emphasizing art-making as a means of thinking about not only oneself, but our relationship to the world of ideas from multiple perspectives. We offer two degree programs in Studio Art, a bachelor of arts (BA) and a bachelor of fine arts (BFA). Both degree programs emphasize individuality, interdisciplinary work, collaboration and community. We encourage the fluidity of learning and see art as a bridge to all areas of study and research. The BA and the BFA prepare students in different ways for a variety of post-graduate pursuits, be it graduate school or professional endeavors in art and related fields. Students who plan to major in Studio Art are strongly advised to seek an advisor in Studio Art at the time of their decision to major. Studio Art majors are required to take a series of core courses and students need to work closely with advisors to complete these core courses by end of the first semester in their junior year. Students should expect to work two hours per week outside of class for each credit hour of a course. For students to whom off campus study is an option, we transfer up to 4 courses from an off-campus study experience towards the major, pending approval from the Chair.
Studio Art Major (B.A.)
Our BA students are encouraged to connect their Studio Art major with the curriculum of the college to realize individual approaches to Studio Art that are interwoven with science, social science, humanities and/or other fine arts disciplines. A total of 48 credit hours are required, with ten courses coming from Studio Art and two courses from Art History and Visual Culture, or alternatively, one course from Art History and Visual Culture and one course from Philosophy (see description below).
12 courses (48 Credit Hours) total: 10 Studio Courses: 4 core courses to be completed by the end of 1st semester Junior Year: Arts 101 OR Arts 110 (or 170), one 2D course, one 3D course and one Time-based course (such as photo, video, performance art, animation or a web-based studio course). One 200 level studio elective. One semester of Junior Critique.
Senior Year: ARTS 401 plus a 300-level studio course or independent study in the fall semester, Senior year; ARTS 401 plus a 300-level studio course or independent study in the spring semester, Senior year. (Senior BA Studio Art majors are required to take the Visual Arts Practicum ARTS 401 during each semester of the Senior year in conjunction with either a 300-level course or an independent study in an area of studio concentration. All 300-level courses are repeatable.)
Art History and Visual Culture/Theory Courses: Art History and Visual Culture/Theory electives should be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor. Students may choose any two Art History and Visual Culture courses, or one Art History and Visual Culture course, and PHIL 269: Philosophy of the Arts: Aesthetics, to fulfill this requirement
All Studio Art majors (B.A. and B.F.A.) are required to participate in the group Senior Exhibition and are required to give a Gallery Talk in conjunction with the Senior Exhibition.
Studio Art Major (B.F.A.)
Students pursuing a BFA degree should discuss their intentions with a member of the Studio Art faculty as soon as possible. Students are required to apply to the BFA program in the first semester of their Junior year by presenting artwork made at Denison in an exhibition with fellow applicants. Prospective BFA candidates will then be required to meet at the exhibition with the Studio Art faculty for a discussion of their work and their reasons for pursuing the BFA degree. Upon acceptance into the BFA program, the department will notify the Registrar. BFA students are also subject to periodic review of their studio work by the Studio Art faculty. A total of 72 credit hours are required, with a minimum of fourteen courses coming from Studio Art and three courses from Art History and Visual Culture. Students may then choose one more elective from either Studio Art, Art History and Visual Culture or PHIL-269: Philosophy of the Arts: Aesthetics.
18 Courses Total: Five core courses to be completed by the end of 1st semester Junior Year: Arts101, ARTS 110 (or 170), one 2D course, one 3D course and one time-based course (such as photo, video, performance art, animation or a web-based studio course). One semester of Junior Practicum. five electives: two 200 level studio electives, one 300 level studio elective or independent study and one more 200 or 300 level elective or directed study. The final elective may come from either Studio Art, AHVC or PHIL-269: Philosophy of the Arts: Aesthetics.
NOTE: ARTS 110/170 cannot be used to fulfill the 2D course requirement for the BFA.
Senior Year: ARTS 401 plus ARTS 451 - senior research in the fall semester Senior year. ARTS 401 plus ARTS 452 - senior research in the spring semester Senior year. (Senior BFA Studio Art majors are required to take the Visual Arts Practicum ARTS 401 during each semester of the Senior year in conjunction with one year of senior research that will culminate in a solo or 2-person exhibition and an oral defense with a committee of 3 faculty “readers’ ”) BFA candidates are required to meet with each committee member at least twice over the course of their Senior year before the final defense, which takes place in the exhibition. Students are also required to produce their own catalog/extended artist statement as part of their exhibition, articulating their thesis and key elements of their process, in writing.
Art History and Visual Culture/Theory Courses: Art History and Visual Culture/Theory courses should be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor. Students may choose any three Art History and Visual Culture courses.
BFA students follow the college-wide General Education course requirements.
All Studio Art majors (B.A. and B.F.A.) are required to participate in the group Senior Exhibition and are required to give a Gallery Talk in conjunction with their BFA solo Senior Exhibition.
Studio Art Minor
A minimum of six courses (five in Studio Art and one in Art History and Visual Culture) should be taken as follows: ARTS 101, four elective Studio Art courses (one elective must be a 200-level Studio course), and one AHVC or Art Theory course.