Art stands at the intersection of culture, politics, religion and philosophy, making it an ideal place from which to understand the liberal arts and the world at large. At Dickinson, the Department of Art & Art History offers students two tracks for study: studio art and art history. Both concentrations foster rigorous, critical investigation through active processes of learning in which students connect historical discourse with an engagement of art from multiple contemporary perspectives.

The senior year capstone experience allows studio and art history majors to pursue intensive, original research in their respective concentrations. Senior studio majors, benefiting from individual studio spaces, each create a body of work for an exhibition in The Trout Gallery accompanied by a museum catalog they create. Senior art history majors undertake advanced scholarly research in co-curating and producing a published museum catalog for an exhibition in the Trout Gallery drawn from works in the college's permanent collection or from work lent by established galleries and museums.

Contact Info

Chair

Anthony Cervino Associate Professor of Studio Art

Department Coordinator

Michele Karper

Phone

717-254-8705

Fax

717-245-1937

Location

Rm. 226 , Weiss Center for the Arts Mailing Address

Department Gallery



Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here

Jobs

  • One River School of Art + Design  
  • American Folk Art Museum 
  • New York Public Library 
  • Children’s Museum of New York 
  • The Pennsylvania State University 
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art 
  • National Gallery of Art  
  • National Museum of American History 
  • Michener Museum of Art 
  • Barnes Foundation 
  • Museum of Modern Art 
  • Sotheby's  

Graduate Schools

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 
  • Cranbrook, Academy of Art 
  • SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) 
  • University College of London, Slade School of Fine Art 
  • Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • New York University, School of Law 
  • McGill University 
  • University of Toronto 
  • Yale University 
  • Harvard University 
  • Rhode Island School of Design 
  • Boston University 
  • MICA (Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art) 
  • PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) 
  • University of Delaware 
  • UPenn 
  • Temple University 
  • The Courtauld 
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Cardiff University
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Atlantic Records 
  • The Biscuit Factory 
  • New York Arts Practicum 
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Whitney Museum of Art 
  • Philadelphia Fabric Workshop and Museum  
  • Princeton University Art Museum 
  • Wadsworth Athenaeum 
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts 
  • State Museum of Harrisburg  
  • Brandywine River Museum of Art 
  • Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc. 
  • Christie’s  

Department Features



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Artist In Residence

This exhibition features work by Will Preman, the 2019 studio-art artist-in-residence. A multidisciplinary artist currently working in Philadelphia. Preman earned a BFA in ceramics and art history from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 and an MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

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Student Perspective

"It is one thing to write a paper for a professor, but writing knowing that your work will be published and read is an entirely new kind of pressure. That said, the seminar remains the most consistently engaging class I have ever taken. While a large portion of the work was original research, that research was then condensed and clarified into wall labels, introductions, and brochures for general reference. We learned how to render information accessible to a diverse audience, a skill which translates into any number of fields post-graduation."

- Fiona Clarke ’19


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Art & Art History News

Art & Art History Major Jobs 2020

Art & Art History Major Jobs 2020

Art & art history major secure jobs in marketing, higher education and agriculture.

Residing Inspiration

Residing Inspiration

A look back at 10 years of a dynamic artist-in-residence program and the ways it touches the lives of students, faculty and professional artists alike.

Coronavirus Altered the Processes, Venue and Work, But the Senior Art Exhibition Blazes Ahead

Coronavirus Altered the Processes, Venue and Work, But the Senior Art Exhibition Blazes Ahead

COVID-19 closures forced students to radically rethink their senior art exhibition, midstream. The exhibition, their processes and their artwork reflect the zeitgeist of the extraordinary times.

Fundamentals of Sculpture: A Cardboard Art Exhibition

Fundamentals of Sculpture: A Cardboard Art Exhibition

Students in Associate Professor of Studio Art Anthony Cervino's Fundamentals of Sculpture learn sculpting principles to construct unique and creative artworks using basic household materials.

By Land and By Sea: Art History Capstone Exhibition Highlights Four Centuries of Landscapes, Seascapes and Cityscapes

By Land and By Sea: Art History Capstone Exhibition Highlights Four Centuries of Landscapes, Seascapes and Cityscapes

The 2020 art-history capstone exhibition, Framing Space, highlights 30 works from The Trout Gallery's permanent collection, many never before seen in public exhibition at Dickinson.

Dickinson College Alumna Featured in Goodyear Gallery Exhibition

Dickinson College Alumna Featured in Goodyear Gallery Exhibition

Sammy Polinsky '19, the Dickinson Department of Art & Art History’s post-baccalaureate artist-in-residence for 2019-20, will display her works during a special exhibition.