Department of Art
The Department of Art is designed to enrich the artistic understanding of all students, to develop greater proficiency in art, and to prepare teachers of art.
The Department has as its mission the preservation, transmission, and advancement of knowledge and practice in the visual arts.
The Department of Art offers courses leading to the bachelor’s degree for students pursuing professional and academic career objectives in art with a concentration in a choice of fields.
Two degrees are offered: Bachelor of Arts (BA) with an emphasis in an area of studio art; and Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) with teacher certification in art preschool through grade twelve.
Bachelor of Arts in Art
The B.A. program in studio art is designed to develop the student’s abilities as a generalist in art while also affording some opportunity to specialize in an area of studio art (ceramics, painting, or printmaking).
Upon completion of the program students may choose to practice one or more of the visual arts as a career choice, or seek a professional position wherein artistic competencies are regularly used. Students may also choose to pursue graduate-level education in art or more specialized training at some other institution of higher learning.
Bachelor of Science in Art Education P-12
The art education program is designed for those students interested in teaching arts in public or private schools from pre-school through grade twelve. In addition to the general liberal arts core, students must complete the art specialization requirements (art fundamentals, studio core, studio electives, art history, and art education) and the education professional development requirements.
Minor in Art
The department also offers a minor in art requiring 21 credit hours in art consisting of the foundations core (Design and Drawing) and the studio core (Ceramics, Painting, and Printmaking). Art Appreciation (as part of the student's liberal arts core) is also required.
The Department of Art is located in two buildings, the Maddox Fine Arts Center and the Chapel Studio. The Maddox Center houses studios for Drawing, Design, Ceramics, Art Education and classrooms for Art History and Art Appreciation. The Maddox Gallery is the venue for student, and other, art exhibitions. The Chapel Studio contains studios for Painting and Printmaking and individual work areas for upper-level art majors.
A significant benefit of the art program at Williams is the integration of faith and learning. All members of the art faculty are Christians and seek to apply the principles of their faith both to their teaching and their interaction with students.
A limited number of scholarships are available to qualified students seeking to major in art. Students are required to participate in an interview and present an art portfolio to the department faculty for consideration.