Studio Art

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Studio Art majors and minors develop their creativity and talent by making art in a dynamic environment. In courses like 2D and 3D Design, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, and painting, students learn the language, elements, media, tools, and principles of the craft, and hone their skills in W&J’s well-equipped studios.

Their years-long efforts culminate exhibiting their work during in the Senior Show, held in the Olin Fine Arts Gallery on campus every spring.

View our facilities page to learn about the resources available to our students to explore the depths of their creativity and vision.

Beyond the Classroom

Students in the Art and Art History Department have numerous travel opportunities to experience art firsthand. The College funds yearly trips to sites in New York and other major cities, as well as similar excursions to European art capitals every other year. On previous trips abroad, cities visited include Budapest, Rome, Paris, and Madrid.

Our students actively engage in creating and promoting art on campus, in and out of class.  Projects are displayed as public art in the halls and courtyards of Olin Fine Arts Center and in other campus buildings. Visitors to Olin will find student paintings, projects, and other pieces lining the walls. Seniors exhibit their work, ranging from paintings and sculptures to pieces created in other unique media, during the Senior Show in the Olin Fine Art Gallery each spring, an event open both to the campus and the community.

Our Alumni

You’ll find W&J art majors practicing their craft in settings that range from teaching in their own classrooms or producing in their own studios to earning recognition for their work on the national stage. Chicago-based artist Tony Lewis ’08 has been nationally recognized for his abstract work in graphite.

In the Studio Art major or minor, you will hone your creative thinking skills and work on your visual expression through a series of studio courses, beginning with foundations in drawing and design. As you progress through the program, you’ll complete studio work in ceramics, sculpture and painting. Studio Art majors finish their experience at W&J with a senior art show in the Olin Fine Art Gallery.

Graduate School Preparation

  • MFA in Studio Art
  • MA in Art Therapy
  • MS in Art Conservation
  • MA in Museum Studies

Studio Art Faculty

John Lamberston

Art Department Chair

John Lambertson, Ph.D.

John Lambertson, Ph.D. is a professor of Art and is the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Washington & Jefferson College.

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