Housed in Clack Art Center, the Art and Design Department serves students majoring in a wide range of studio disciplines as well as students wishing to study art as part of their liberal arts programs.
The Art faculty consists of three studio artists and an art historian. On average, there are 35-40 majors, 9-12 of whom graduate each year with a B.A. or B.F.A. in Art.
Our alumni are designers, teachers, museum curators, gallery professionals, studio artists, photographers, architects, and art therapists—as well as doctors, business people, social workers…
The Art Building
Clack Art Center’s well-equipped studio spaces are open to students all hours of the day - and night. Class sizes run from 6 - 15 students, depending on the spaces and equipment involved. Students in advanced course work use a community space in the loft area of the painting studio where they create art, share and discuss their work with one another. This is a comfortable common creative area for students. Faculty also have their studios in the building allowing for a synergetic creative environment to exist in the Department. A full-time maintenance person and 8-10 student assistants help to keep these work spaces functional and safe.
The Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery hosts new exhibits each month of the academic year, and visiting artists are regularly invited to conduct workshops or speak about their work. All exhibits are free and open to the public, so members of the community and artists from neighboring colleges often attend.