Art-Studio Art

Bachelor of Arts

Program Overview

Art and art history recognizes the inherent expressive value of art and its enrichment of the human experience.

Studying art at Agnes Scott is a unique experience. As an art or art history major or minor, you’ll experience ways that studio art and art history complement and inform one another. You’ll also distill concepts from many other fields of study—including history, literature, science, anthropology and social justice.

We are a small studio art program, and we use that to our advantage with students receiving consistent personalized input into their work. With one prerequisite foundational class for all other studio areas, students get to take a wide array of classes in printmaking, sculpture, drawing, digital imaging and painting. The learning of these interdisciplinary concepts will coalesce to inspire your creative process, whether in studio practice or art-historical scholarship. Not only will you develop technical understanding and hone analytical skills, but you will also learn to think critically, act creatively and communicate articulately, giving you a strong advantage in your future pursuits.

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What You'll Learn

As a Studio Art major, you’ll focus on developing technical skills, producing artist statements, and contextualizing your projects within contemporary practices.

  • The fundamentals of art history, and the importance of being able to communicate about art — your own and others
  • Critical thinking and communication skills necessary to construct visual analyses, scholarly arguments, and presentations on contemporary art in a public setting
  • How to integrate the knowledge of materials into practice and application

Program Highlights

The City of Atlanta

For an artist or art historian, the world is your medium, the city your canvas. Agnes Scott’s proximity to the city of Atlanta promises rich cultural offerings. Visits to the many galleries, museums and artists’ studios in the metropolitan area will complement your course of study.

Visiting Artists and Instructors

The department's faculty and course offerings are enhanced by a variety of visiting artists and professional instructors each year, offering valuable connections and exposure to the off-campus art world to our students. Past instructors have included Amanda Hellman, curator of African Art at the Carlos Museum at Emory, Veronica Kessenich, the executive director of the Atlanta Contemporary art museum, and working artists Sarah Emerson, Kojo Griffin, Maria Korol, Jiha Moon, Caroline Rumley, Katherine Taylor, and Jeffrey Whittle.

Seniors Select

Each year the department gives senior majors the opportunity to choose and purchase a work of art for Agnes Scott’s permanent collection. As students research and consider in advance potential acquisitions and present their preferences to the group, they make arguments about the strengths of individual works, their relevance to contemporary art and the college’s collection, and their significance as teaching and learning tools for departmental faculty and students. This process allows the seniors to summon and enact their acquired knowledge and skills in multiple ways, with a new relevance and direct and lasting impact on the college’s collection.

Meet the Faculty

Anne Bidler

Anne E. Beidler

Professor of Art

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Nell Ruby

Professor of Art/Chair of Art and Art History

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Katherine Smith

Professor of Art History

Working in Studio Art

Thinking creatively is a job skill that applies to any field.

Before you graduate, you will experience vibrant art events on and off campus, meet key figures in the art world in Atlanta, develop your own practice within a dynamic and diverse community of scholars and deliver public presentations on contemporary art. These experiences will help forge your path forward.

  • Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Educator
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Marketing Assistant

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