The Studio Art and Art History faculty works to nurture students' understanding of the various arts and to develop their artistic and creative abilities, whether for their own intellectual growth or for success in an art career. Critical and technical skills are taught as well as an appreciation of art as an essential element in a fulfilling life and as a vehicle for interpreting the present and the past.
Our faculty provides students with the conceptual framework and the array of techniques necessary for expertise in several disciplines, including two- and three-dimensional design (2009 Design exhibition), Drawing (2009 Drawing exhibition), Graphic Design (2009 Graphic Design exhibition), as well as Web Design, Digital Photography, Painting, and Sculpture. Classes are small, and the students' Senior Capstone Project involves the preparation of an individual exhibition with a faculty advisor.
When our Studio Art students spend their American Experience semester on the main campus, they have a further opportunity: viewing the monthly shows in the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery, where students can meet local and regional, and national artists (available in Westminster, Maryland).
McDaniel College Studio Art graduates have had great success: in the last three years, 14 students have been placed in prestigious MFA programs, including American University, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and the University of Delaware MFA program.
Recent Studio Art and Art History guest professors include jewelry designer and businesswoman Linda Van Hart (Spring 2008) and historian of American, African and Islamic art Michael Losch (Spring 2010).
Our Art History faculty guides our students through the major movements in the history of western art, through the varieties of artistic expression throughout the world, and through the life and work of great artists. The Senior Capstone Project involves a major research paper, written under the instruction of an individual faculty advisor.
Opportunities also include field trips to galleries in both the US and Central Europe (Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and New York City in the States or Budapest, Szentendre, Pécs, Szeged, etc. in Hungary), study tours of Venice and Vienna, and internships in different fields.
The Art and Art History program prepares students for a multitude of careers. Our graduates aim to work in graphic design firms, museums, business and marketing, and the fine arts. They also enter programs for graduate study in studio art, graphic design, art history, or for school teaching.