Department Chair: James L. Yarnall, Ph.D.
The Art Department provides instruction in the visual arts and their relevance in contemporary culture. The curriculum stresses knowledge of art and culture, an understanding of the visual elements with their many complex interactions, and a sound technical background from which creative responses may be elicited. Courses for non-majors provide an opportunity for students to understand their cultural heritage by becoming aware of how and why people have made art. They are exposed to various artists, the different historical periods, and the many complex interactions of art and society. Studio courses develop the intellectual and physical skills necessary to solve complex visual problems. Small classes foster intimate dialogue between students and faculty. The Art Department is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is an integral part of the greater Newport cultural community. The exhibition program features the work of many outstanding artists from the region, the country, and the world. Annual student exhibitions, as well as the Senior Thesis Exhibitions, give students an opportunity to present their work in a professional forum. The Art Department’s Visiting Artist program also gives students access to professional artists from a variety of disciplines.
All majors are required to participate in department activities.
Program and Course Listings
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:ConcentrationMinor
The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.