Art (ARTT)College of Arts and Humanities
1211-E Art/Sociology Building, 301-405-7790
Chair: W.C. Richardson - Painting/Drawing
Professors: J. Ruppert - Sculpture, F. Sham - Sculpture
Associate Professors: A. Buck-Coleman - Graphic Design/Social Practice, P. Craig - Painting/Drawing, H. Elahi - New Genres/Art Theory/Social Practice, D. Gavin - Drawing/Multi-media, M. Humphrey - Printmaking/Drawing, P. Kehoe - Painting/Drawing, R. Klank - Painting/Art Theory, B. Morse - Digital Media, J. Strom - Printmaking, J. Thorpe -2D Foundation/Graphic Design
Assistant Professors: S. Collis - Digital Media/Printmaking
Lecturers: M. Azarm - Graphic Design, R. Baker - 2D Foundation, L. Berns - 2D Foundation/Drawing/Art Theory, E. Conover - Painting/Drawing, S. Devore - Photography, A. Georgievska-Shine - Art Theory, L. Hoover - Painting/Drawing/Theory, W. Jacobs (2D Foundation/Assoc Dean), M. Jones - Graphic Design, S. Jones - Sculpture/Foundation, M. McLaughlin - 2D Foundation/Printmaking, A. Miller 2D Foundation/Drawing, N. Ratnapala - Digital Media/Video, J. Razauskas - Graduate Colloquium, C. Rio - Graphic Design, R. Weil - Art Theory
Professors Emeriti: C. Demonte (Distinguished Scholar-Teacher), D. Driskell (Distinguished University Professor), T. Lapinski, R. Lozner - Graphic Design
The Department of Art offers its students a spectrum of experiences that reflects its primary mission to advance a sophisticated and diverse visual culture. The Art major provides meaningful courses and programs for elective students, generalists, and those who intend to pursue art or design professionally. The department takes full advantage of its position within the fertile academic environment of a major research university by developing ties with many of the departments and centers on campus. The range of experiences offered to students on campus is enhanced by our location just outside of Washington, DC, and less than an hour away from Baltimore. Interaction with the numerous museums, galleries, embassies, and international institutions in these metropolitan centers brings important real-world experiences to students in our program.
The department's goal is to provide its students with the technical and conceptual tools needed to make innovative contributions to a visual culture in which traditional boundaries between the visual arts, design, film, video, and architecture have become increasingly blurred. The accomplished faculty members bring their professional experiences to the teaching studios, providing a contemporary context for the development of skills and ideas. From a shared foundation emphasizing traditional fundamentals of art and design, students move into media concentrations that encourage interdisciplinary interaction, particularly with developing digital technologies. This flexible interaction between traditional and new media is central to the department's vision and the success of its mission.
Please go to Department of Art website for more information: www.art.umd.edu
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
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Admission to the Major
The Department of Art offers three tracks to the B.A. degree. Track 1 is an open major, requiring no portfolio review, and requires 48 total credits for completion. All majors enter the department in Track 1.
Tracks 2 and 3 are specialized tracks with portfolio reviews for admission, and require 60 total credits for completion. Track 2 is for a B.A. with an Advanced Specialization in Digital Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, or Intermedia. Track 3 is for a B.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design.
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Placement in Courses
With appropriate AP credit, students may receive credit for ARTT 100, ARTT 110, or both. Students can receive placement in more advanced courses with portfolio review. Contact Department advisors for more information.
Requirements for the Major
The Department of Art offers three tracks to a Bachelor of Arts degree(B.A.). All majors enter the Department in Track 1, the open B.A., and take a required group of six Foundation courses (18 credits). After completion of the Foundation courses, students may continue in Track 1 without portfolio review, or choose to submit a portfolio of work completed in Track 1 courses for admission into Track 2 or Track 3. Portfolio reviews for both specializations will take place during the Spring semester, usually during late March.
No course grade below the grade of C- may count toward the major. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation.
Track 3: B.A. in Studio Art w/ Concentration in Graphic Design
Graphic Design elective courses: Student choice – 6 credits.
Other Requirements for the Major
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The Department of Art offers no formal Certificate programs.
The department assigns advisors to its majors by class/credit hours. The name of the advisor for each class is available in the department office or on the website. Each second-semester sophomore and first-semester senior is required to see his or her advisor within the department. Additionally, each student is strongly encouraged to see his or her advisor in the department each semester.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
A variety of undergraduate research and/or internship experiences are available. Please go to Department of Art Website for more information: www.art.umd.edu
A variety of undergraduate fieldwork and/or internship opportunities are available. Please go to Department of Art website for more information: www.art.umd.edu
Students have worked in a variety of internship settings. These have included assisting professionals with public commissions, commercial or cooperative gallery and exhibition duties, and working in professional artists' workshops in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas. The Graphic Design concentration maintains a variety of internship connections with the professional design community. Additional information is available in the Department of Art office or on the website.
The Honors Program provides Art majors with opportunities for in-depth study and enrichment in areas of special and creative interest. Students are admitted to this program by competitive portfolio review. To qualify, students must be Art majors with junior or senior status, a major GPA of 3.2, and an overall GPA of 3.0. The program requires a total of 12 credits in Honors course work. Two courses (3 credits each) may be taken at the 300- or 400-level, and two courses (3 credits each) at the 400-level. There is a thesis component in one of the 400-level courses and includes a Thesis Exhibition in the Herman Maril Gallery. Please consult the department website and/or the Honors Director for additional information.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
The Student Art League is an active student organization that encourages membership and participation for all majors. Art majors participate in many campus-wide organizations.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Department of Art administers eight Creative and Performing Arts Scholarships (CAPAs) that are available to continuing students as well as entering freshman or transfer students. This is a merit-based scholarship that is awarded on a one-year basis, and may be renewed. Additional information is available in the main office of the department. The Van Crews Scholarship is designated for outstanding Art majors concentrating in graphic design. It is awarded for one year and is renewable. Further details are available on the department website: www.art.umd.edu
Awards and Recognition
Each semester the faculty votes for students to receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash prizes for the James P. Wharton Award, given at graduation. Students are given the awards based on works exhibited in the Graduating Seniors Exhibition in the Herman Maril Gallery.
Each semester the painting faculty nominates and votes for a student to receive the Herman Maril Painting Prize, awarded at graduation.
Each year, the department holds a competition for the John Dorsey Prize for Curatorial Excellence. The winner receives a cash award and funds towards the production of a curated exhibition in the Herman Maril Gallery.
Other awards are given on an irregular basis, depending on the funding.
For more information, go to the department website: www.art.umd.edu