Arts Merit Scholarships

Bucknell offers merit scholarships for applicants with extraordinary talents in the arts.

  • Awards are available in art & art history, creative writing, dance, film/media studies, literature, music and theatre.
  • Awards range from $2,500 to $20,000 per year.
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Ashley Freeby

Ashley Freeby '15

Studio Art

"Since being at Bucknell, I've noticed significant growth in myself. The professors have really pushed me as an artist and challenged me to step outside my comfort zone."

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Fall Events

October 31
NYC Bus trip to Metropolitan Museum of Art and Chelsea Galleries
7:00 am Leaving 7th Street parking lot and departing at 7:00 pm from 6th Avenue, between 54th and 55th Streets

November 5
Department of Art & Art History Open House and Trivia Night
5:00 - 7:00 pm

November - during ARTH 402 final
Art History Symposium
7:00 - 9:00 pm, Gallery Theatre


Presidential Arts Initiatives:
       1.  Student Engagement with the Arts
       2.  Interdisciplinary Innovations
       3.  The Arts and Technology
       4.  Global & Multicultural Arts
       5.  Campus Arts Neighborhood
       6.  Downtown Arts District
       7.  Arts Residencies

At Bucknell we'll take you on an incredible journey through creative invention, cultural analysis, critical inquiry and visual imagination to help you figure it out.

In studio art, you'll get an intensive one-on-one education in painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, graphic design, multimedia, and video and performance art. Art history explores art from prehistory to the present through classes and unique experiences like the Rothschild-Johnson NYC Art Weekend. The annual Intercollegiate Art History Symposium allows students to showcase their work in a professional setting.

Did You Know?

Senior students exhibit their works of art each spring at the Annual Student Art Show in the Samek Art Gallery. All students can exhibit their work at the annual Fall Open House.

The art department and the Samek Art Museum sponsor workshops, lectures and gallery tours with visiting artists, critics and historians.

First-year students often join the Arts Residential College where students interested in the arts (art, music, theatre, dance, creative writing, etc.) live together and share a common course.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet all of our faculty

Tulu Bayar

Associate Professor

Tulu Bayar

"I truly embrace the idea that art exists as a space where things are taken apart, tried out, reassembled and become part of the cultural landscape."

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Roger Rothman


Roger Rothman

"I want my students to understand that when art is disruptive, even offensive, it offers us the opportunity to break from old habits and replace them with new patterns of thinking and being."

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Hands-on Experience

Outside the Classroom

Study Abroad

Art history majors are encouraged to pursue study abroad and internships in galleries, museums, and other settings. Students planning to undertake off-campus or non-traditional study are expected to consult closely with their art history adviser and department chair.



Visit the art & art history blog for the current opportunities. Recently, students have interned at:

  • National Gallery of Art
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Museum of Modern Art

Undergraduate Research


The Central Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Art History Symposium offers a chance for undergraduates to present their research, hone their speaking skills and share their ideas with an audience of their peers. Talks most often highlight senior thesis research, the results of an in-depth research or independent study project, field work and study abroad, or exceptional internship experiences. 

Art & Art History News

National Theatre Live Opens Fall Screenings Aug. 30 at Campus Theatre

Chiwetel Ejiofor is Everyman in a dynamic new production of one of English drama's oldest plays in a National Theatre Live screening to be held Aug. 30 at the Campus Theatre.

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Making Meaning

The 2015 Annual Student Art Exhibition is a kaleidoscope of ideas.

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Bucknell to Host Intercollegiate Art History Symposium April 11

During the day-long event, 24 students from 14 colleges and universities will give a presentation on their research.

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Coming Home

John McPherson '83, creator of the syndicated comic Close to Home, returned to Bucknell to discuss the origins of his comic and his career transition from engineer to cartoonist.

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National Theatre Live Screenings Open Sept. 14 at Campus Theatre

The NT Live season opens Sept. 14 at the Campus Theatre with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Bucknell Arts. Everywhere. Festival Sept. 5-7

Bucknell University will host the fourth annual Arts. Everywhere. Festival Sept. 5 to 7. 

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A Wrinkle in Time

Through life-sized renderings of yearbook photos, painting project brings together Bucknell's past and present.

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Open House at Bucknell's Art Barn

Bucknell University's Department of Art and Art History will host an Open House at the university's Art Barn on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Meet Bucknell's new associate professors

Sixteen recently tenured or promoted associate professors talk about what led them to pursue their fields and what inspires them as teacher-scholars.

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A 'Golden View' of Art and Engineering

Makoto Fujimura '83 and President John Bravman explored how technology and the arts intertwine in the Bucknell Forum event, "Creative Engagement: The Questions Science and Art Ask of Each Other," held April 3, 2012.

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