Art and Art History

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The Department of Art and Art History provides an intellectual and creative environment where students reach their potential as emerging artists and art historians. Our program cultivates in each student a considered and articulated understanding of the visual arts within the context of history and contemporary culture. We provide a broad foundation of experiences that embrace traditional practices, as well as current approaches to the study of art. Students graduate socially engaged, aesthetically conversant and devoted to a life in the visual arts.

Art Programs

Art Studio (B.A.) — majors undertake interdisciplinary course work and also concentrated study in one or more of the following areas: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Fabric Design, Printmaking, Photography, Graphic Design. Majors may pursue varied career paths including Graphic Design, Art Therapy, Graduate Study, and Education.

Art History (B.A.) — majors explore artistic production through time and across diverse cultures. Majors may select from varied Art History courses intended to enable an in-depth understanding of areas of scholarly interest. Majors may pursue careers as scholars, educators, curators, or as museum or gallery conservators.

“The professional undergraduate degree in a visual art specialization is structured to provide in-depth, formal education that will prepare students for entry into professional practice or advanced professionally oriented study upon graduation.” — National Association of Schools of Art and Design 

Minor in Art Studio — is open to all students interested in art, the flexibility of either art major allows students to minor in the opposite and develop a balanced portfolio of skills. Art majors can also minor in a wide array of other academic programs, depending on individual inclination.

Minor in Art History — is open to all students interested in art, the flexibility of either art major allows students to minor in the opposite and develop a balanced portfolio of skills. Art majors can also minor in a wide array of other academic programs, depending on individual inclination.

Art major shows off her designed costume for the annual Personal Adornment Day Extravaganza

Student Art Experience

Students may participate in varied activities to enrich and expand the classroom experience. In addition to department sponsored field trips to New York City and other important art destinations, numerous artists are brought to campus each semester to show their work and to meet and talk with students. Students may also participate in the annual Personal Adornment Day Extravaganza that includes a workshop and juried runway show. The annual Student Symposium in Art History prepares students for an academic career through the presentation of original research papers in professional settings.

Art major sets up his sculpture display for the Senior Exit Art Show

Exhibition Spaces

The department operates the Haas Gallery of Art located at the Haas Center for Performing Arts and the Gallery at Greenly Center in downtown Bloomsburg. These galleries feature regular exhibitions of diverse art forms and gallery lectures by nationally recognized visiting artists, as well as exhibitions of student work and curatorial projects throughout the year.

A winter sunset over the Academic Quad

Permanent Art Collection

The department maintains a diverse permanent art collection with works displayed throughout the campus in many of the academic, administrative, and residential facilities. The collection represents a vital resource enriching the aesthetic and cultural climate of Bloomsburg University. Since beginning this collection in 1962, over 500 works have be acquired, accessioned, and placed on public view. Works of art in the permanent collection have been acquired from individuals, bequests, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and The Childe Hassam Fund of The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Husky Difference

National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Founded in 1944, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 363 accredited institutional members.

Department Contacts

Jodi Fetterolf

Jodi Fetterolf

  • Interim Administrative Assistant for the College of Liberal Arts, Department of Art and Art History