Tulu Bayar

Professor of Art History

Tulu Bayar

The idea of life in the suburbs has long been a part of American culture, but in recent years, it's also starting to catch on in developing countries. In September, Professor Tulu Bayar, art & art history, will travel to her native Turkey to document the people who are part of the fundamental shift that is, for the first time, seeing people settle somewhere in between large urban centers and isolated rural areas.

Tulu Bayar Named Fulbright Scholar

Spring 2017 Events

February 1
Declaration of majors meeting
5 - 6 p.m.

Art Building, room 302

April 14
Opening Art Show
6 - 9 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Reception for Senior Studio majors & teaching assistants
Samek Art Museum, Gallery Theatre


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
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Undergraduate Art History Symposium that was hosted at Lebanon Valley College on April 8, 2017 and two of our students presented their art history research.

Undergraduate Art History Symposium that was hosted at Lebanon Valley College on April 8, 2017 and two of our students presented their art history research.

Living in the Susquehanna Valley


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."

More about Professor Bayar
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."

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.



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

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Bucknell Humanities Residential College students explore the role of portraits in art, literature and contemporary culture.

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See winners of this year's photo contest, part of International Education Week, an annual celebration that takes place on campus and around the world.

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Trio of art history majors delves into the archive of an artistic Bucknell alumna.

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The University's new tenure-track faculty excel in a wide range of academic disciplines.

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Meet Bucknell's Newly Tenured Professors

Eighteen members of the Bucknell faculty from across the academic disciplines recently received tenure. 

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Samek Art Museum to Hold Launch Party for Fall Exhibit

The launch party for the newest exhibition, Tomorrow Never Happens, is on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Samek Gallery in the Elaine Langone Center on the Bucknell University campus.

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Making an Impression

Vintage letterpress makes type a tactile pleasure for aficionados on campus.

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Bucknell Welcomes the Class of 2020

From researchers and volunteers to authors and athletes, Bucknell's Class of 2020 is a talented group that will hit the ground running.

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Bucknell Receives $600,000 Mellon Foundation Grant for Humanities Initiatives

The humanities at Bucknell are getting new support through a recent $600,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation. 

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