The Art Department at Virginia Wesleyan College offers courses in studio art, balancing art production with an awareness of related cultural values. The art major consists of core courses in studio art, upper-level art electives in a choice of media, and a capstone course that includes creating a body of work and exhibiting it. Classroom learning is supported by a program of changing exhibitions by professional artists and students in the Neil Britton Art Gallery, our new world-class exhibit space located in the Hofheimer Library. Student artwork can also be seen in the Batten Center and in the campus-wide display of the two-hundred piece Collection of Outstanding Student Art. In Godwin Hall the Barclay Sheaks Gallery displays paintings by the founding professor of the Art Department. Annual field trips to local and regional museums and galleries further enrich the art curriculum. Art majors can also earn certification for teaching by supplementing the major with specific education courses and in-service teaching.
Minors in both studio art are offered. Students should carefully select courses for the minor that correspond with their interests or strengthen skills needed for art related careers in communications, design, business, recreation, therapy, arts management and other creative fields.
Minor(s): Art, Studio Art