The department of Fine Arts offers programs leading to baccalaureate degrees in music and visual art that are discipline-centered and performance based. Students gain advanced theoretical, performance, and production competencies for careers in fine arts and graduate study. In addition, students may seek alternative curricular offerings through the Division of Education that lead to comprehensive (P-12) teacher certification in music and art.
DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS MISSION STATEMENT
In accordance with the College’s mission and goals, the department of Fine Arts, which consists of music, theater, and visual arts, provides a forum through which students express their talents and acquire a basic knowledge of the arts. Furthermore, the department provides a liberal arts education that prepares students to communicate effectively and creatively. In addition, the department provides opportunities for fine arts majors to pursue graduate study, teaching, and other careers in their disciplines. It also offers enrichment opportunities in music, visual arts, and theater for students who are not majoring in fine arts. The department serves the College and community through numerous public performances and exhibitions.
MAJOR IN STUDIO ART
As a result of successful completion of the Studio Art Program, graduates will:
• Be prepared for graduate school.
• Be prepared to enter the teaching profession or to pursue other careers in art.
• Effectively express themselves using artistic skills.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities of a professional artist.
Upon the completion of a major in Studio Art, a student will be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of various philosophies of art, aesthetics, and art criticism as it related to art history.
• Demonstrate knowledge and command of design principles and concepts.
• Use technology in creating digital imagery.
• Demonstrate skills in seeing and observation.
• Demonstrate skills in the technical application of various artistic mediums. (drawing, painting, photography, digital art, etc.)
• Express visual concepts and ideas in a creative manner at a professional level.
• Install their work as a professional presentation in the College gallery.
FacultyMr. Leonard Dawson is originally from Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with his B.A. in Art Education. He attended the University of Illinois were he received his M.A. in Art Education. Later in received his M.F.A. at Arizona State University. Mr. Dawson joined Stillman this year. He teaches classes in art and art history and has been in higher education for 6 years.” He has numerous years in the public school system.
Ms. Keyser Wilson is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a B.F.A. in painting, and a minor in art history. Her M.F.A. degree is from the University of Alabama. She have taught studio art at Stillman since 1988. She teaches courses in drawing, painting, design and photography at Stillman.