|Professors Godfrey, Kaimal (Chair), McVaugh, Schwarzer, Stephenson
Associate Professors Guile, Lane, Marlowe
Assistant Professors Haughwout, Luthra, Moure Cecchini
The Department of Art and Art History offers courses of study in the history, theory, and practice of the visual arts for the general liberal arts student as well as the art history or studio art major.
Art History The department offers more than 20 courses that trace the visual arts from antiquity to the present day. Classroom lectures are supplemented by visits to museums in the area and in New York City, as well as Colgate’s Clifford Gallery, Picker Art Gallery, and Longyear Museum. In this way, students increase their understanding of the visual arts as expressions of fundamental cultural values.
Studio Art Courses explore creative modes of expression and problem solving while gaining familiarity with contemporary issues in visual art. The curriculum supports a variety of mediums including digital art, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video art at the introductory and advanced levels. Studio arts courses are enriched by an ongoing series of visiting artists’ lectures, exhibitions, and screenings as well as regular visits to New York City galleries, museums, and artists’ studios.
The Clifford Gallery is a teaching gallery featuring four to six exhibitions a year. Exhibitions are selected by the art and art history faculty to explore issues originating in the academic curriculum. The primary focus is the display of professional work by contemporary artists. These artists are often featured in the weekly public lecture series described below. The Clifford Gallery is open to the entire community and contributes to the cultural life of the central New York area.
The Department of Art and Art History Lecture Series Lectures take place every other week in Little Hall’s Golden Auditorium. The series features presentations by studio artists, art historians, and critics, and serves as an arena for discussion of a wide range of subjects relevant to the study of the visual arts. Recent participants have included art historians and practicing sculptors, painters, film and video makers, printmakers, photographers, architects, and artists working in digital art and performance. The series is required as part of the curriculum and is open to the community. It also serves as a venue for welcoming Colgate graduates back to discuss their work in the visual arts.
The Alternative Cinema Series takes place weekly on Tuesday evenings. This is a series of films and videos ranging from “classic” cinema to the current avant-garde. Each semester several film/video makers, historians, or curators visit campus and present work in person for the series.
The Picker Art Gallery This professional gallery maintains the Colgate University collections, including some 11,000 works from a wide range of cultures and historical periods. Although it is not part of the Department of Art and Art History, the Picker Art Gallery provides an important resource to students, faculty, alumni, and friends of Colgate through exhibitions and sponsorship of the Friends of the Visual Arts.
The Longyear Museum of Anthropology For a full description, please see Sociology and Anthropology .
Studio Arts (SA)
Art History (AH)
Honors and High Honors
After completing ARTS 475 Senior Project: Art History (AH) in the fall semester, students have the opportunity to apply to continue their work with an honors-eligible project in the spring semester. The award of honors in art and art history is dependent on departmental evaluation.
Art History: The honors-eligible project could be a substantial reworking of the senior project completed in the fall semester of senior year, or a discrete project that meaningfully engages ideas raised in ARTS 475 .The thesis adviser and the coordinator of senior projects will decide together on the student’s application to continue on to honors-eligible work. Students pursuing honors-eligible work in the spring enroll in an independent study (ARTS 491 ) with their senior project adviser. Honors presentations take place at the end of the term and faculty decide whether the project is worthy of honors. Honors will be conferred only on work of outstanding quality.
Studio Art: The students work closely with a faculty member to develop and realize a coherent body of studio work that serves as a capstone for the concentration. It is the culmination of previous coursework that has required conceptualization and understanding of artistic theoretical frameworks and technical knowledge. Class meetings serve as an opportunity to share ideas and work in progress; regular critiques incorporate the critical language acquired in ARTS 375 . Work from the project is shown as part of a senior exhibition at the end of the term. All students with a studio arts emphasis are required to take and complete this course in fall of the senior year.
GPA Requirements: Honors — 3.20 in courses within the department; High Honors — 3.70 in courses within the department.
The Fitchen Award for Excellence in Art and Art History — awarded by the department to an outstanding art and at history major.
The Harriette Wagner Memorial Award — established in 2004 by Professor Joseph Wagner, created in memory of Harriette Zeppinick Wagner. The award will be given annually to the senior art and art history major whose work exemplifies the way visual arts enrich the spirit and express the dignity of human beings.
The department allows two courses to be transferred for credit toward the major, with prior approval of the courses by the department. No more than one period requirement may be fulfilled by means of courses transferred and no seminar taken outside Colgate will fulfill the seminar requirement within the art history major.
Students are encouraged to participate in study groups; they may not schedule off-campus study during the senior year. Study abroad must be scheduled around the seminar requirement in art history or the ARTS 240 or ARTS 243 requirement in studio art. For information, see Off-Campus Study .
Majors and MinorsMajorMinor
- ARTS 100 - Introduction to Studio Art (SA)
- ARTS 101 - Caves to Cathedrals: The Art of Europe and the Mediterranean to the 13th Century (AH)
- ARTS 102 - The Art of Europe from the Revival of Antiquity to Revolution (AH)
- ARTS 103 - The Arts of Asia before 1300 (AH)
- ARTS 105 - Introduction to Architecture in Cultural Context (AH)
- ARTS 107 - What is Modern Art? (AH)
- ARTS 110 - Global Contemporary Art (AH)
- ARTS 201 - Digital Studio: Creativity, Code, and Cookbooks (SA)
- ARTS 202 - Digital Studio: Distribution and Intervention (SA)
- ARTS 207 - Roman Art (AH)
- ARTS 208 - Marble, Gold, Silk, and Glass: Art of the Middle Ages (AH)
- ARTS 211 - Drawing (SA)
- ARTS 216 - Nature’s Mirror: Renaissance Arts 1400-1550 (AH)
- ARTS 219 - The Economics of Art (AH)
- ARTS 220 - Bodies in Space: European Architecture, 1400-1800 (AH)
- ARTS 221 - Video Art: Representing Reality (SA)
- ARTS 221L - Required Film Screening
- ARTS 222 - Video Art: Image Recycling (SA)
- ARTS 222L - Required Film Screening
- ARTS 225 - Renaissance and Reformation in Northern Europe (AH)
- ARTS 226 - Nature’s Order: Baroque Arts 1550-1750 (AH)
- ARTS 231 - Painting (SA)
- ARTS 233 - Latin American Art (AH)
- ARTS 236 - Realism and Impressionism: Global Styles (AH)
- ARTS 238 - Avant-Gardes: 1880-1920 (AH)
- ARTS 239 - Global Modernisms 1920-1950 (AH)
- ARTS 240 - Art and Theory 1950-1980 (AH)
- ARTS 241 - Photography (SA)
- ARTS 242 - Digital Photography (SA)
- ARTS 243 - Art & Theory 1980 to Present (AH)
- ARTS 244 - Temples, Caves, and Stupas of India before 1300 (AH)
- ARTS 245 - Palaces and Paintings of India Since 1300 (AH)
- ARTS 246 - From Emperors to Anime: Pictorial Practices in China and Japan (AH)
- ARTS 248 - African Art (AH)
- ARTS 249 - Art and Architecture of the Ancient Americas (AH)
- ARTS 250 - Native Art of North America (AH)
- ARTS 251 - Printmaking (SA)
- ARTS 255 - Museum Exhibitions: Design, Rhetoric, and Interpretation
- ARTS 263 - Sculpture: Surface and Form (SA)
- ARTS 264 - Sculpture: Material & Process (SA)
- ARTS 270 - Critical Museum Theory
- ARTS 271 - Architectural Design I (SA)
- ARTS 273 - Architecture of Art Museums (AH)
- ARTS 275 - American Campus Architecture (AH)
- ARTS 277 - Modern Architecture (AH)
- ARTS 280 - Visual Culture of Fascism (AH)
- ARTS 287 - History and Theory of Cinema (AH)
- ARTS 287L - Required Film Screening
- ARTS 291 - Independent Study
- ARTS 302 - Advanced Digital Studio (SA)
- ARTS 311 - The Arts in Venice during the Golden Age (Venice Study Group) (AH)
- ARTS 312 - Advanced Drawing (SA)
- ARTS 322 - Advanced Video Art (SA)
- ARTS 322L - Video Art II Required Film Screening
- ARTS 332 - Advanced Painting (SA)
- ARTS 340 - Contemporary Issues in Native American Art
- ARTS 342 - Advanced Photography (SA)
- ARTS 344 - Hindu Temples: Architecture and Sculpture, Architecture as Sculpture (AH)
- ARTS 345 - Exhibiting the New: 1960-2000 (AH)
- ARTS 348 - Modern Art on Display, 1850-1950 (AH)
- ARTS 350 - Art and the Goddess
- ARTS 355 - Photography and Political Conflict
- ARTS 357 - Storytelling Without Word
- ARTS 360 - Borderlands (AH)
- ARTS 364 - Advanced Sculpture (SA)
- ARTS 372 - Great Cities: Urban Form and Meaning (AH)
- ARTS 375 - Advanced Projects in Studio Art (SA)
- ARTS 381 - Seminar in Art History: Pre-1300 (AH)
- ARTS 382 - Seminar in Art History: 1300-1800 (AH)
- ARTS 383 - Seminar in Art History: After 1800 (AH)
- ARTS 391 - Independent Study
- ARTS 406 - Senior Project: Studio Art (SA)
- ARTS 475 - Senior Project: Art History (AH)
- ARTS 491 - Independent Study
- ARTS 499 - Advanced Studies for Honors