The class of 2021

Greetings students, faculty, parents, alumni, and friends of the Department of Art, Art History and Design. Congratulations to our seniors and graduate students on the completion of their thesis projects. These students are a truly remarkable group of creative and talented individuals. It has been impressive to witness their dedication and personal resolve in a year of unprecedented challenges. Our student's educational achievements in studio art or design have prepared them to be leaders, thinkers, and makers in the 21st century’s creative economy. Their futures are filled with incredible opportunities as they chase their passions, strive for success, and realize dreams. Creative study deepens our understanding of human endeavors, provokes the expansion of intellectual boundaries, and broadens our capacity to comprehend and appreciate the lives of others. We couldn’t be prouder of our graduate's accomplishments. They will leave us as creative leaders, driven change-makers, and life-long learners.

-Richard Gray Department Chair, Art, Art History and Design

the work

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts with Honors students work towards a thesis project or paper in their senior year. Typically these studio and design projects are shared in our department galleries and the thesis papers at an honors symposium. This online collection of our students’ work will be their digital thesis show. We invite you to share it, tweet it, social-media it, and reach out to the students. Celebrate their work and mark this passage by helping us make our digital thesis show one that they will remember:

the department

Art | Art History | Design

The Department of Art, Art History & Design is a multi-disciplinary department offering programs of study in studio art, art history, and design. Our graduate and undergraduate programs provide unique perspectives on what it means to be an artist, designer, and art history scholar at a liberal arts university. Under the guidance of a talented and diverse faculty, students acquire a broad range of creative skills necessary to find innovative solutions, work collaboratively, think critically, and cultivate the personal discipline and maturity to reflect thoughtfully and humanistically on the complex world culture we live and work in today.