Art & Art History

Bachelor of Arts

A painter meticulously creating a face on canvas

Prepare for an artistic career with Bucknell’s Department of Art & Art History, where faculty will lead you on a creative journey to job readiness in fine arts, academia, arts administration, publishing and more.

As a studio art major, you'll study painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, graphic design, multimedia, and video and performance art — and show your culminating work at the Samek Art Museum.

Art history majors explore art from prehistory to the present through classes and experiences such as the Rothschild-Johnson Art Weekend in New York City. Arts Merit Scholarships for incoming students, internships and study-abroad opportunities further strengthen the learning experience.

Degree Programs

The Department of Art & Art History offers a bachelor of arts degree as well as minors in both studio art or art history. Majors in each course of study complete a culminating experience. In studio art, seniors create final projects and exhibit their work in the Samek Art Museum’s Campus Gallery. Art history majors write an original research paper, which they present at a departmental symposium.

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Find your path to art & art history at Bucknell

Students appreciate art in the Samek art museum

World-class Art — Right on Campus

Bucknell’s Samek Art Museum creates meaningful encounters between artists, students, scholars, the public and works of art. Explore pop-up exhibitions and permanent art installations at the Campus Gallery, the Downtown Gallery, the Collection Study Room and locations across campus.

Presenting visual fine art in critical contexts, the museum is an academic art lab where experimental art, innovative curatorial practices and co-curricular programming generate new ways to engage and inspire audiences.

Visit Major Art Centers

Faculty and students take advantage of Bucknell's proximity to major museums and galleries through regularly scheduled trips and individual travel to New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Each year, the three-day, alumni-supported Rothschild-Johnson Art Weekend introduces students to art galleries and museums in New York City.

Learn From Real Practicing Artists

The Ekard Artist-in-Residence provides students opportunities to engage with and learn from accomplished artists through masterclasses, workshops, demonstrations and/or studio critiques, in conjunction with the Department of Art & Art History.

Meet the current artist-in-residence

Related Minor: Arts Leadership

Through this interdisciplinary minor, students interested in working in the arts gain the skills needed to manage, market and promote arts organizations, and both commercial and not-for-profit arts endeavors in the visual, performing, media and/or literary arts. The minor consists of five interdisciplinary courses and an arts internship.

Learn more about minor requirements


Discover art & art history’s new home, now under construction

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Welcome to Holmes Hall

Opened in 2021, Bucknell's new home for the Department of Art & Art History is filled with spaces to inspire a forward-thinking next generation of artists, designers, entrepreneurs and more.

Explore the building

Contact Details

Art & Art History


307 Art Building