Department of Art

Our Art Department is committed to shaping students’ critical awareness and building every creative aspect of an artist.

Our Art students closely study art and its significant impact on people. Art students apply their discoveries to their own work and practice mastering how to engage people through traditional and contemporary media. We inspire students to use their art to make a difference in the world, encouraging them to enter art exhibitions, participate in creative service-learning projects and explore new ways of engaging with the community. Through knowledge and practice, students are prepared to pursue a creative career and share their impactful art with the world.
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We have Art Scholarships available!

Send examples of your artwork to [email protected] A strong portfolio may qualify you for an arts scholarship.
This portfolio can be a slideshow (Google Slides, Keynote or PowerPoint), a PDF or a link to a website or online gallery/IG Art page.

Tips for portfolio submission:

Don't send us everything you have ever made, just your best work and the work you are most excited about. This can include some in-progress examples and sketches or preliminary planning as well as finished pieces.

Photograph your work in a well-lit, uncluttered space. Natural lighting, but not in glaring sun, works best. Make sure your photos are lined up properly and in focus.

Include descriptions of the processes and materials used in each project, and you can also tell us a little about the idea behind the work.

We look forward to seeing your artwork!

Degrees Offered:

Studio Art (B.A., B.S.) (General) Major

Studio art majors can explore their ideas and express their interests in creating beauty, meaning and power through their art. Students gain a better understanding of art history as well as how to manipulate art and media used by advertisers, designers and other organizations. Students can customize their path with one of these concentrations:

  • Concentrations:
  • Studio Art (General)
  • Digital Art and Game Aesthetics: in collaboration with Rize Education
  • Graphic Design: in collaboration with the Greater Greensboro Consortium
  • 2D Studio: Drawing, Painting, Photography
  • 3D Studio: Sculpture, Ceramics, 3D Design
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    Painting and Drawing (B.F.A.) Major

    Students with a desire to know the “whys” and “hows” of great art-making will challenge themselves to express ideas and emotions. Through classroom projects and internships, students gain the intuitive and visual literacy skills to become independent artists, and can continue a higher education in the fine arts or pursue work in any creative profession.

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    Sculpture (B.F.A.) Major

    Students learn the basics of working with 3D form using materials that are easy to manipulate in the foundations courses, then expand their material knowledge by learning processes which include working in wood, metal, fabric, plastic, clay, and found materials. With access to the on-campus ceramic and sculpture area, students get to practice the theory they learn in class.

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    Art Education (B.A., B.S.) Major

    Through the K-12 art teacher-licensure program, which is designed to prepare teaching candidates for success in school environments, this bachelor’s degree emphasizes the importance of leadership, development, instructional methods, communication, and collaboration.

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Brittany Sondberg
Chair, Department of Art

336-272-7102, ext. 5312
email: [email protected]

Facilities

The Cowan Humanities Building houses the Art Department and the Anne Rudd Galyon and Irene Cullis Galleries. Each media or discipline has its own instructional area and equipment:

  • The Mac Lab includes large-screen computers loaded with industry-standard software.
  • The photography darkroom features 10 enlargers and a separate lighting studio for learning traditional black-and-white photography.
  • A large painting and multi-purpose studio includes individual studio spaces for juniors and seniors.
  • A drawing room for figure studies ensures privacy and is equipped with spotlights, as well as an adjoining printmaking area with press.
  • The ceramic and sculpture area has eight electric potters’ wheels, a traditional kick wheel and three unique built-in electric wheels. Materials for glaze mixing, clay reclaiming, a slab roller and an electric kiln, as well a large workspace and student storage are available. Adjoining the clay studio are a woodworking shop and metal design area for jewelry and non-ferrous metal fabrication.

JOIN US ON YOUR JOURNEY.

Take the first step toward becoming who you were meant to be.

  2022 Commencement