Fine Art

Associate of Art

The goal of the Art Department is to provide students with an education in aesthetic awareness, training in the creative skills necessary to produce quality visual art and a strong foundation in the basic principles of design and art history.

Studio art courses stress aesthetic knowledge and perception of our visual surroundings as vital to the complete development of a well-educated person. This awareness is the foundation for all creative endeavors and is the philosophy which guides the department as a whole.


According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition*, there are more than 50,000 craft and fine artists working in the United States. About half of these are self-employed, and display their work in museums, private collections, commercial art galleries, and corporate collections. It is difficult to support yourself solely through the sale of artwork and many fine artists also hold other positions such as curators and/or exhibit designers. Some are employed as newspaper art critics or consultants within foundations. Some teach classes in their studios.

Despite the competition, studios, galleries, and individual clients are always on the lookout for artists who display outstanding talent, creativity, and style. Talented individuals who have developed a mastery of artistic techniques and marketing skills will have the best job prospects. Employment of craft and fine artists is projected to grow 3 percent from 2012 to 2022.

*United States Department of Labor,Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition

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Anne Toner
Assistant Professor of Art; Coordinator of Art

Elaine DeBuhr
Associate Professor of Art; Chairperson of Visual and Performing Arts Division