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

Social Media

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

  • Columbia University 
  • SUNY Purchase 
  • Lewis & Clark  
  • 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

On Love, Art and Emojis: Dickinson Presents 2022 Studio Art Exhibition

On Love, Art and Emojis: Dickinson Presents 2022 Studio Art Exhibition

The 2022 Senior Studio Art Exhibition celebrates a shared love of art-making and the role art can play in exploring identity, memory, social media and more.

Illuminating Time, Space and the Environment: Meet Eleanor Conover

Illuminating Time, Space and the Environment: Meet Eleanor Conover

Dickinson's newest art department faculty member discusses her work, her current exhibition in the Trout Gallery and why she loves Goodyear. She'll deliver a gallery talk on April 21.

Dickinson Alum and Noted Baltimore Artist Exhibits Recent Work at Dickinson

Dickinson Alum and Noted Baltimore Artist Exhibits Recent Work at Dickinson

Meet noted Baltimore-based artist and educator Michael Weiss '98, who returns to campus twice in spring 2022 to share recent paintings with the campus and alumni communities.

Student Snapshot: Rebecca Fox

Student Snapshot: Rebecca Fox '22

Learn more about why studio-art major Rebecca Fox ’22 says, "The professors at Dickinson care so much about the interactions they have with students, both inside the classroom and out."

Spring 2022 Public Arts Events Announced

Spring 2022 Public Arts Events Announced

From contemplative to camp, Dickinson's spring arts events offer something for everyone.

Alumnus Architect Behind Barclays Center, Uber Headquarters Highlights Power of Dickinson Education

Alumnus Architect Behind Barclays Center, Uber Headquarters Highlights Power of Dickinson Education

Chris Sharples, principal at SHoP Architects, returns to campus to discuss architecture, the global firm he founded and the power of the liberal arts.