Professors: Christiane D. Andersson, Rosalyn A. Richards

Associate Professors: Tulu Bayar, Janice E. Mann (Chair), Roger I. Rothman

Assistant Professors: Anna Kell, Joseph Meiser, Michelle Oosterbaan (visiting)

The Department of Art and Art History fosters the creative and critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in our increasingly visual world.

Majors: The department offers majors in studio art and art history. It also offers minors in studio art and art history. Students contemplating either of these majors are encouraged to discuss their interests and programs with the department chair or an appropriate department faculty member prior to declaring a major in the spring of the sophomore year. The skills of writing, speaking, researching, and learning to analyze various sources (i.e. information literacy) are integral to the disciplines of studio art and art history and play an important role in the department's curriculum.

Resources: We have well equipped studios in areas of painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, as well as drawing and graphic design. In addition, we have a computer lab for digital media. The department maintains a digital image database of more than 25,000 images. The Samek Art Gallery, located in the Elaine Langone Center, organizes exhibitions and installation projects that put contemporary art and historical art in dialogue with other disciplines. Its permanent collection — which includes especially strong holdings in the graphic arts and photography as well as the Samuel H. Kress Collection of European paintings and sculpture — is used for study and research by classes in studio art and art history. Together, the Department of Art and Art History and the Samek Art Gallery sponsor workshops, lectures, and on-site installations by visiting artists, critics, and historians. Faculty and students take advantage of Bucknell's proximity to major museums and galleries through organized trips and individual travel to sites including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

The Studio Art Major

The studio art major consists of a minimum of nine courses, seven of which must be in studio art and two of which must be in art history. No more than two of the nine required courses may be taken for credit elsewhere.

Distribution of required courses for the Studio Art major:

  • No more than one studio art course at the 100-level
  • One 200-level course in each of the four areas of photography, painting, printmaking, and sculpture
  • Two courses in art history, one of which must cover contemporary art (for example: ARTH 102; ARTH 208, ARTH 323)
  • Elective course in studio art
  • Studio Art Culminating Experience: in the fall semester, majors will take ARST 450 Senior Projects in Studio Art; in the spring semester, majors will take ARST 451 and exhibit their work in the Samek Art Gallery. During this exhibition a final review will take place between each senior projects student and members of the studio art faculty.

The Studio Art Minor

The minimum requirement for a minor in studio art is five courses, three of which should be in one specific medium: printmaking, sculpture, photography, or painting. At least three courses must be above the 100-level level. No more than one course may be taken elsewhere for credit.

The Art History Major

The art history major consists of a minimum of nine courses: eight of which must be in art history and one of which must be in studio art. No more than two of the nine required courses may be taken for credit elsewhere.

Distribution of required courses for the Art History major:

  • ARTH 101; ARTH 102
  • One course in studio art
  • Courses in three of the following four areas: Ancient and Medieval; Renaissance and Baroque; Modern and Contemporary; non-European art or art of minorities or women. These courses must be at the 200-level or above
  • At least one art history elective
  • One course at the 300-level or above
  • Art History Culminating Experience: All Art History majors are required to take ARTH 402 Culminating Experience. In this class they will explore individual research projects on any art historical topic using their experience in the major. The class will culminate in an original research paper and a 20-minute paper delivered at a departmental symposium. This class will normally be taken in the fall semester of the senior year. Second-semester juniors may complete a Culminating Experience in the major with permission of the adviser and the department.

Required courses for the Art History minor:

  • ARTH 101; ARTH 102
  • Three courses at the 200-level or above. These courses must cover at least two of the following areas: Ancient and Medieval (ARTH 204; 221; 300); Renaissance and Baroque (ARTH 225; 264; 271; 273); Modern and Contemporary (ARTH 207, 208, 323); non-European art or art of the minorities or women (ARTH 224; 275).

Sequencing of Courses: Although few art history courses have prerequisites, students are encouraged to begin their study of art history with at least one introductory course before engaging in course work on the 200-level or above. ARTH 101 and ARTH 102 (World Art I and II) familiarize students with the monuments and methods of the discipline. In addition, it is advisable to take a broad survey of an art historical period before engaging in more specialized study of that period. For example, it is recommended that students take ARTH 101 World Art I: Caves to Cathedrals before taking ARTH 204 Castle, Cathedral, Cloister and ARTH 204 before ARTH 300 Special Topics in Medieval Art.

Interdisciplinary study: The department recommends that students select courses in other disciplines that will complement their art history major. Permission from the chair may be obtained to count one appropriate course taken in another Bucknell department (for example, in ancient archaeology, cultural anthropology, or film studies) toward the major. Students considering this option should discuss it with their art history adviser and department chair.

Language study: Because a knowledge of languages is essential to the cross-cultural nature of art history, majors contemplating graduate study are strongly encouraged to become competent in at least one language beyond English (competency is normally defined as the completion of a 200-level language course). Students should consult with their art history adviser about which language (or languages) is (or are) most appropriate to their particular field of study.

Study Abroad and Internships: Art history majors are encouraged to pursue opportunities for study abroad and for 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.

Honors in Studio Art or Art History

A program leading to a major with honors in studio art or art history may be proposed by the student in consultation with the department chair and appropriate department faculty. The student generally undertakes a specifically designed sequence of courses and independent research culminating in a significant studio project or written thesis.

Graduate Study and Careers in Studio Art and Art History

Students considering graduate studies in studio art, art history, art administration, art conservation, museum studies, or related fields, should consult College Art Association (CAA) guides and other materials available online and in the art department office. Department faculty members will be glad to provide information on careers in art and art history and on M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. programs and fellowships.


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