Undergraduate Art History Symposium
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Undergraduate Art History Symposium that was was held on Dec. 1, 2017.

Undergraduate Art History Symposium that was was held on Dec. 1, 2017.

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.
Learn about Arts Merit Scholarships

Ekard Artist in Residency

Bucknell University's Department of Art & Art History and Samek Art Museum invite applications from visual artists working in experimental media for the Ekard Artist Residency. This residency, in its pilot year, offers the artist time and space to work as well as an opportunity to publicly present their work on campus. The Ekard Artist Residency seeks to provide students at Bucknell with the opportunity to engage with, and learn from accomplished artists through master classes, workshops, demonstrations, and/or studio critiques in conjunction with the Department of Art & Art History. Additionally, the resident artist is expected to hold an open studio once per week. The residency culminates in a public presentation of new work created during the artist's stay through a lecture, catalog, performance, or exhibition in collaboration with the Samek Art Museum.

Ekard Artist Residency

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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

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."

More about Professor Bayar
Roger Rothman

Professor

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."

More about Professor Rothman

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.

Internships

Internships

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

Symposium

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


Naming Gift to Support Interdisciplinary Home for Management and Art

The gift will help fund a proposed 79,000-square-foot facility for the Freeman College of Management and the Department of Art & Art History.

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Bucknell Faculty Awarded Professorships and Endowed Chairs

The positions will allow nine professors to pursue research on topics ranging from wetland sustainability to Buddhism in medieval China.

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Museum Exhibition Gives Graduating Artists a Chance to Shine

The 'Dispatch' group show at the Samek Gallery showcases the talents of Bucknell seniors.

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Bucknell Visiting Artists Make Pillows Political

The University's first Ekard Artists-in-Residence engage students and promote social change through art.

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Cool Classes: Art & Sex Through the Lens of Botany

Bucknell students explore the biology and cultural meaning of flowers and create floral art in a new interdisciplinary course.

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Cool Classes: Building an Innovative Character

An interdisciplinary course bridges the gap between management and the arts and sciences, pushing Bucknell students out of their comfort zones and helping them build character.

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Meet Bucknell's New Full Professors

Fourteen faculty members from across the University's three colleges recently attained the highest rank in academia.

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Honoring Edward McKnight Brawley, Bucknell’s First African-American Graduate

A new sculpture commemorating the legacy of Bucknell's first African-American graduate, Edward McKnight Brawley, Class of 1875, was unveiled outside the Vaughan Literature Building.

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Student Artists’ Culminating Work Exhibited

This year's Bucknell Senior Student Art Exhibition, Facades, explored its theme broadly, using sculpture, video, painting, photography and more.

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Professor Tulu Bayar Named Fulbright Scholar

The professor of art & art history will return to her native Turkey to document the suburbanization of Istanbul.

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