The art program at Virginia Wesleyan College offers courses in studio art that balance art production with an awareness of related cultural values. The art major consists of core courses in studio art and art history, 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, a 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 Barclay Sheaks, the founding professor of the Art Department. Field trips to local and regional museums and galleries further enrich the art curriculum. Art majors can also earn teaching certification by supplementing the major with education courses and in-service teaching.
Minors in both studio art and art history 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