Carole Calo, Chairperson
Allyson Sheckler, Associate Chairperson
The Department offers an Art History, Graphic Design, Studio Arts, and an Arts Administration major with concentrations in Museum Studies and Performing Arts, as well as a general Visual and Performing Arts major with optional concentrations in Music and Theatre Arts.
Minors in Art History, Dance, Music, Studio Arts, and Theatre Arts are also offered.
Programs of Study/Courses
The Visual and Performing Arts Department provides a variety of courses to enhance students’ Liberal Arts foundation through appreciation of their cultural heritage. Students develop perceptual and analytical skills while exploring the ideological, religious, political, and personal factors, which have shaped creative expression throughout the centuries.
In Art History, Music History and Theatre History courses students gain an appreciation for the artistic and musical modes through which artists have grappled with essential aspects of the human condition in various cultures during different historical periods. In Studio, Performance, and Theatre Arts classes, through hands-on study of specific techniques, students explore their own creative potential.
The Visual and Performing Arts Department seeks to expand the definition and activities of the traditional arts to include art as a social catalyst, to engage students in social service and practical experience through outreach programs and internships. The Visual and Performing Arts majors prepare students for graduate work or career possibilities in museums, galleries, corporate collections, graphic design, photography, teaching, art therapy, theatre and music performance and production.