About the Department
Bucknell offers students a solid foundation in the study of Art and Art History. By exploring connections between these two disciplines and others in the liberal arts, students will develop the skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly image-oriented world.
- The Department offers generous merit scholarships to talented prospective students interested in studying Art or Art History. For more information on these scholarship opportunities, please visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page of the Admissions office or go directly to Arts Merit Scholarships.
- Within the Bucknell culture of close teacher-student interaction, our majors enjoy particularly small classes with intensive one-on-one education.
- Studio Art faculty teach courses in painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, graphic design, multimedia, video and performance art, emphasizing cross-disciplinary investigations and synergy between technical skill and conceptual depth.
- Art History faculty teach courses that examine the history of art from prehistory to the present. Faculty specialties include Italian Renaissance painting, museum studies, Dada and Surrealism, medieval architecture, Islamic art, contemporary art and theory, old master prints and drawings.
- Students study original works of art in the Samek Gallery and the Special Collections of Bertrand Library.
- Every spring, Studio majors exhibit their work in the Samek Gallery; Art History majors present their research at the Intercollegiate Art History Symposium.
- Majors participate in the Rothschild-Johnson New York City Art Weekend to explore careers in the city's musuems, galleries, auction houses and private collections.
- Student-initiated, co-curricular opportunities abound. Examples include: a fashion magazine, an art acquisitions club and a student art collective.
- Graduates have pursued careers as museum and gallery directors, professional artists, museum educators, gallerists, university professors, collections managers, architects, art conservators and visual resource librarians, as well as lawyers, doctors and business leaders.