The Art Department is guided by the belief that art makes a unique contribution to society by offering a visual language of expression and investigation. Art plays an important role in expanding the public imagination by engaging viewers in visual and intellectual dialogue. Through the synergistic relationship between the visual arts and the liberal arts and sciences at Ithaca College, our students and faculty participate in the larger intellectual, political and social life of the community.
Art majors come from all social strata and have an appreciation for the support, stimulus and challenges this faculty provides. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a Bachelor of Art Education degree, or a Bachelor of Arts degree. We offer a minor in Graphic Design and a minor in Art. The Art Department extends the visual arts to the entire student body through courses specifically for non-majors, artist lectures and master workshops, exhibitions and a student-run off campus gallery. Field trips twice yearly to locations such as New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Toronto, and MassMOCA in North Adams give students exposure to current ideas in the arts. Internships offer students rich experiences working with professionals in their fields.
Ithaca’s program recognizes and emphasizes the importance of individualized mentoring in art. We offer small classes with experienced faculty, fostering a high level of personal interaction. All of our faculty members hold a terminal degree for studio art and are practicing professional artists who exhibit nationally and internationally. We have facilities for painting, drawing, all areas of printmaking, sculpture, digital art, graphic design, and a student-run exhibition and maker’s space.
The Art Department at Ithaca College embodies a community that values curiosity, scholarship and imagination. A dynamic, responsive curriculum, productive artist/teachers, community engagement and an active guest lecture program support these qualities and objectives. Our educational objectives balance the mastery of specific professional skills and techniques with the abilities to think, talk and write about art. Our program serves students who are optimistic about the role of the arts in society and who see art as a vital, integral part of our culture.