Department Website: art.sewanee.edu
Professor Malde malde.sewanee.edu
Professor Pond gregpond.net
Assistant Professor Thompson
Assistant Professor Wohl www.jessicawohl.com
The Department of Art and Art History offers courses that satisfy the degree requirements toward the B.A. degree in art or art history. The art discipline prepares individuals for a life in the arts with a grounding in the technical, aesthetic, and critical aspects of artistic production and exhibition; art history provides students with the methodological and critical tools for the analysis of visual culture and its role in history. The study of art and art history can significantly enrich a liberal-arts education, especially in a world that is increasingly shaped by images and the exchange of visual information.
Major in Art:
The Studio Art program offers classes in six disciplines: Digital Arts, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, and Video.
Majors are required to take both of the core courses (Art 101 and 102), two 300-level courses, the two capstone senior seminars (Art 420 and 430), one course in Art History, and Art electives for a total of ten courses.
The comprehensive examination for studio art majors includes the following: preparation and presentation of a portfolio produced over the course of at least one year, participation in a senior exhibition along with the submission of an artist’s statement, writing a thesis paper, undergoing a private defense of the portfolio and thesis, and giving a public presentation with response to questions from the audience. The comprehensive exam result is based on passing all of these components.
Students with a department GPA of at least 3.2 by the end of their junior year are eligible to apply for department honors. To apply for honors, a student must submit a proposal for a thesis project by the designated date during the first semester of his or her senior year. Those students whose proposals have been approved will, in addition to fulfilling the comprehensive exam requirements, assemble a solo exhibition along with the submission of an artist’s statement, write an extended thesis paper, undergo a private defense of the exhibition and thesis, and give a public presentation with response to questions from the audience. Final determination of honors is based on the quality of all of these components.
Minor in Art:
Minors are required to take both of the core courses (Art 101 and Art 102), three upper-level courses (at least one of which must be a 300-level course), and contribute approved works of art and a 2-page artist statement to a group exhibition in March of their senior year.
Students with Advanced Placement art credit or students with other advanced art education or experience are strongly encouraged to consult with art faculty for placement in art classes, with possible enrollment directly into upper-level courses without need to complete otherwise required prerequisites. Placement directly into courses beyond the 100-level is at the discretion of the professor teaching the course into which a student wishes to gain entry.
Subject to approval by the art faculty, the department accepts up to two courses (eight hours) in art from other institutions. Students may take up to two courses that are cross-listed with and taught by other departments or programs from the College as credit toward the major requirements. The chair decides exceptions to this limit.
NOTE: Up to two courses taken in Art History as part of the requirements for a major or minor degree in Art may be counted toward a major or minor in Art History.
Major in Art History:
The degree requirements for students majoring in art history consist of ten full courses (forty semester hours) and a comprehensive examination. Students planning to major in art history are strongly encouraged to complete a range of courses in complementary disciplines, including studio art, literature, history, philosophy, and religion. Majors are also advised to study abroad.
The required ten courses must include the two Western art surveys (ArtH 103 and ArtH 104) and Approaches to Art History (ArtH 317), as well as seven additional art-history courses chosen by the student. At least three of the seven must be selected from each of three chronological areas:
ArtH 312: Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
ArtH 315: Islamic Spain and Spanish Art
ArtH 318: Spanish Medieval Art
ArtH 320: Medieval Art and Architecture
ArtH 322: Art and Devotion in Late Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe
ArtH 325: Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture
ArtH 326: Northern Renaissance Art
ArtH 202: History of Photography
ArtH 332: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Art
ArtH 333: French Art
ArtH 335: Nineteenth-Century Art
ArtH 338: British Art
ArtH 340: American Art
ArtH 350: Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso
ArtH 108: History of Film: Invention to Mid-Century
ArtH 212: American Animation, 1910-1960
ArtH 317: Approaches to Art History
ArtH 345: Modern Art
ArtH 346: Contemporary Art
ArtH 351: Conceptual Art
ArtH 360: Pop Art
ArtH 370: Art in Germany: 1919-1933
Students will also choose one of the three chronological areas as their area of special interest and take at least one additional art-history course in that area. Majors should complete the two art-history surveys by the conclusion of the first semester of the junior year; the three chronological-area courses must be completed at Sewanee.
Subject to approval by the art history faculty, the department may accept up to two courses (eight hours) in art history from other institutions. Exceptions to this limit are decided by the chair.
To receive departmental honors, a student must have a departmental GPA of 3.5 at the end of the final semester, pass the comprehensive examination with distinction, that is, with an overall score of 88, and earn a grade of B+ or higher on an honors research paper. Eligibility for departmental honors depends on completion of Approaches to Art History (ArtH 317) with a grade of B+ or higher and a departmental GPA of 3.5 at the end of the first semester of the senior year. Eligible majors may then, at the discretion of the chair, elect a course of independent study (ArtH 444) and write an honors research paper under the direction of a member of the art history faculty.
Students interested in advanced placement into upper-division art history courses should consult the department.
Minor in Art History:
Students may minor in art history by passing both halves of the art-history survey (ArtH 103 and ArtH 104), four upper-division (200-level and above) art history courses, and Part I (slide identification and visual analysis), Part II (visual analysis of an unknown work of art), and Part III (art-historical terms and concepts) of the art history comprehensive examination. Subject to approval by the art history faculty, the department may accept up to two courses (eight hours) in art history from other institutions. Exceptions to this limit are decided by the chair.