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Visual and Performing Arts

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Department Chairperson:

Adam Lampton
Office: Cushing-Martin 030
Phone: 508-565-1954

S. Savage-Rumbaugh (Sabbatical, Spring 2018)

Associate Professors:
D. Kinsey (Sabbatical, Fall 2017)
L. Redpath
C. Walters

Assistant Professors:
M. Greene
A. Lampton
V. Robertson
A. Sheckler
C. Smith Corby
G. Stanton
C. Vallee Morgan

J. Halpert

Faculty Fellows:
J. Bohn
A. Popa
Carole Calo Gallery Director:
C. Smith Corby

Production Manager and Technical Designer:
J. Petty

The department offers majors in Art History, Graphic Design, Studio Arts, Arts Administration (with concentrations in Museum Studies or Performing Arts), and a General Major. Students may also choose a Visual and Performing Arts major with a concentration in Music.  Students have also developed innovative interdisciplinary programs in art and expressive therapies that allow for exploration outside of our traditional majors.

Minors in Art History, Dance, Music, Music Technology, Studio Arts and Theatre Arts are also offered.

Departmental Mission

The Visual and Performing Arts Department provides a variety of courses to enhance students’ Liberal Arts foundation through appreciation of the world’s cultural past and present. Students develop perceptual and analytical skills while exploring the ideological, religious, political, and personal forces that have shaped creative expression throughout the centuries and into today.

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 and its practical application in the wider world.

The Visual and Performing Arts Department seeks to expand the definition 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 and minors prepare students for a huge range of graduate work or career possibilities within the creative economy.

Learning Outcomes

Majors in Arts Administration will:

  1. acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for careers in management in cultural institutions including a solid foundation in business.
  2. develop an understanding of arts organizations such as galleries, museums, and the like and/or performing arts organizations such as concert or theatre venues.
  3. integrate experiential learning with Arts Administration theory and practice through related internships, both domestic and international, and through the Art History capstone curatorial course, Exhibitions and Collections.
  4. be directly exposed to professionals in the field through guest lecturers.

Majors in Art History will:

  1. understand and employ different art historical methods.
  2. develop effective communication skills, both written and oral, about art works.
  3. develop a knowledge of a wide range of art objects from contemporary art through the distant past.
  4. integrate experiential learning and art historical theory and practice.

Majors in Graphic Design will:

  1. develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies as well as participate in applied learning experiences that graduate schools and employers seek.
  2. work successfully as a member of a creative team.
  3. sharpen visual communication skills.
  4. accurately gather and process information.
  5. creatively problem solve.
  6. develop the skills to produce concepts and visual communication solutions in a variety of media.
  7. gain knowledge of the different uses of effective, persuasive communication tools to reach and appeal to target audiences.

Majors in Studio Arts will:

  1. learn to think creatively and holistically.
  2. develop critical thinking skills.
  3. work productively in groups and learn teamwork.
  4. problem solve.
  5. learn to give and receive criticism gracefully and effectively.
  6. cultivate their imagination and harness their conceptual abilities.
  7. learn the fundamental skills and vocabulary of art and of visual communication.
  8. be exposed to and gain appreciation for a wide variety of artistic practices.
  9. explore new as well as traditional media.
  10. create and display a body of creative work.



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