This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2020–21.
|Professors Godfrey, Kaimal, McVaugh, Schwarzer, Stephenson (Chair)
Associate Professors Guile, Luthra, Marlowe
Assistant Professors Cui, Hatton, Haughwout, Moure Cecchini
Visiting Instructor Flood
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 throughout the semester 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)
After completing ARTS 475 Senior Project: Art History (AH) or ARTS 406 - Senior Project: Studio Art (SA) 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.
The honors-eligible project can be a substantial reworking of the senior project completed in the fall semester of senior year, or a discrete project that meaningfully engages and builds on ideas raised in ARTS 406 or 475. The senior project coordinator will decide 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 499) 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.
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 Minors
- 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 105 - Introduction to Architecture in Cultural Context (AH)
- ARTS 107 - What is Modern Art? (AH)
- ARTS 110 - Global Contemporary Art (AH)
- ARTS 120 - Making the Mummies Dance: Introduction to Museum Studies
- ARTS 201 - Code, Recipes, Spells (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 209 - Art and the Politics of Display in Northern Italy (Extended Study)
- ARTS 210 - Contemporary Art and Politics in the Middle East
- ARTS 211 - Drawing (SA)
- ARTS 216 - Nature's Mirror: Renaissance Arts 1400-1550 (AH)
- ARTS 219 - The Economics of Art (AH)
- ARTS 220 - Early Modern European Architecture (AH)
- ARTS 221L - Required Film Screening
- ARTS 221 - Video Art (SA)
- ARTS 226 - Nature's Order: Baroque Arts 1550-1750 (AH)
- ARTS 231 - Painting (SA)
- ARTS 233 - Latin American Art (AH)
- ARTS 236 - Art and Politics in the 19th Century (AH)
- ARTS 238 - Transatlantic Avant-Gardes: 1880-1920 (AH)
- ARTS 239 - Global Modernisms 1920-1960 (AH)
- ARTS 240 - Art and Theory 1960-1990 (AH)
- ARTS 241 - Analog Photography (SA)
- ARTS 242 - Digital Photography (SA)
- ARTS 243 - Art & Theory 1980 to Present (AH)
- ARTS 244 - Housing the Sacred in Ancient India (AH)
- ARTS 245 - Palaces and Paintings of India (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 260 - Social Practice Art
- 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 274 - Sustainability in Architectural Design
- ARTS 275 - American Campus Architecture (AH)
- ARTS 277 - Modern Architecture (AH)
- ARTS 280 - Visual Culture of Fascism (AH)
- ARTS 287L - Required Film Screening
- ARTS 287 - History and Theory of Cinema (AH)
- 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 322L - Video Art II Required Film Screening
- ARTS 322 - Advanced Video Arts (SA)
- 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 (AH)
- ARTS 350 - Art and the Goddess
- ARTS 354 - Printmaking II (SA)
- ARTS 355 - Photography and Political Conflict
- ARTS 357 - Storytelling Without Words
- ARTS 360 - Borderlands (AH)
- ARTS 361 - Boundary Consciousness: 1960s Art (AH)
- ARTS 363 - War and Plunder
- ARTS 364 - Advanced Sculpture (SA)
- ARTS 375 - Advanced Projects in Studio Art (SA)
- ARTS 381 - Seminar in Art History: Pre-1300 (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