Studio Art

The Department of Art and Architecture offers an in-depth experience of fine art, where vision and critical thinking are valued, while providing a firm foundation in studio art techniques and principles. This means that when you graduate you will have the skills you need to pursue a career in the arts. Our alumni have gone on to careers as artists, professors, elementary and secondary art teachers, museum professionals, gallerists, and commercial artists.

Student Resources

Student Profile: Adam Farid '20

Adam Farid '20

Major: Studio Art and Media and Society Double Major

“As someone extremely interested in photography, I knew a Studio Art major was perfect for me. Through the coursework, I have advanced my skills and expanded into other mediums. One of my favorite courses, 'Photo and Print' with Assistant Professor of Art Alysia Kaplan, allowed me to explore and push my work in different directions. In that class, I was able to take my photos and screenprint them on large paper after utilizing Photoshop techniques that I learned in an imaging workshop course.”

Meet Our Faculty

Classes in the art department are intimate, allowing access to personal guidance from professional artists in making decisions about your schooling and career. Advising is a key component of making the most of your college education, and the faculty at Hobart and William Smith work closely with you to define a course of study that is challenging and inspiring. Below you will find the artists, innovators and educators that you will work with over your four years at HWS. Meet the entire department >

Studio Art News

Blanchard Honored with Joseph Levenson Book Prize

Fri, 11 Dec 2020

Blanchard BookDescribed by the Association for Asian Studies as a “triumph of intertextual and intervisual methods in gender studies,” Professor of Art and Architecture Lara Blanchard is the winner of the…

Bey ’21 Crafts Artistic, Entrepreneurial Success

Thu, 05 Nov 2020

Faithe Bey DUWith her 2019–20 collection, “We Are the Blueprint,” artist Faithe Bey ’21 calls attention to all the ways Black women are the inspiration and standard-bearers for contemporary images of feminine…

Remembering Clarence “Dave” Davis Jr. ’48

Thu, 17 Sep 2020

Davis Dave Visit 0148Clarence A. “Dave” Davis Jr. ’48, whose generosity and vision have transformed the Colleges’ visual arts facilities and operations, passed away earlier this month. Davis was born on Sept. 2,…

Aub Donates Dr. Mary Walker Sculpture to Hall of Fame

Fri, 28 Aug 2020

AUB2 copyProfessor of Art and Architecture Ted Aub’s bronze sculpture of suffragette and Civil War veteran Mary Walker, M.D. wasn’t created to grace the halls of the National Women’s Hall of…

Student Art Exhibition Goes Virtual

Thu, 25 Jun 2020

student-art-exhibition-2020In a museum, the preparator is responsible for the physical installation of an exhibit. In the practicum class taught by the Clarence A. “Dave” Davis ’48 Visual Arts Curator Anna…

Honors Students Demonstrate Academic Rigor

Thu, 25 Jun 2020

honors3Twenty-eight students in the Classes of 2020 have graduated with Honors, demonstrating academic rigor and excellence in written and oral communication. Their research topics ranged from United States foreign policy…

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Sample Courses

Studio Art majors take a rigorous set of foundations courses at the 100-level, and quickly move on to highly focused courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and digital imaging. These courses are designed to help each student to explore a broad range of concepts, methods and materials while developing individual ideas. Below you will find a sampling of the studio art curriculum.

Class Complete Course List

Color & Composition
A perceptual approach to the study of color interaction and compositional dynamics, students work through a carefully structured series of problems designed to reveal empirically the nature of color interaction and relatedness and the fundamentals of good visual composition. Projects range from narrowly focused color problems to ambitious, expressive compositional inventions.

Spotlight: Recent Grad

Recent Grad

Jenny Wu '12

Current Position: Artist

Current Location: Washington, D.C.

Majors: Studio Art

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