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Technical skills, deep observation, community collaboration and innovative research are hallmarks of Guilford's Art Department.

Art majors are able to customize their educational experience, where well-equipped studios activate and cultivate the creative process. Faculty members are constantly exploring new methods to teach students while also giving students the creative freedom they need.

The Art major engages students in the visual arts, both as creative artists and as learners of multiple philosophical and art historical perspectives. The program emphasizes training in observation, technical application of skills, development of conceptual depth and the resolution of imagery for presentation to an audience.

Focus areas for the Art major include Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics and Photography. Minors are available in these concentrations, as well as in Art History, Design and Experience Design. Study abroad options, senior thesis and internships at local galleries offer a wide range of hands-on learning.

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College Catalog

For more information about courses for the Art Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog also includes academic department and major information, academic regulations and resources, admission standards and requirements, and tuition, fees, and financial aid information.

Majors and Minors

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Alex Gringow '01
Art Major, Studio Art
  • Art Major and Minor: The bachelor of arts is for students who prefer a major in Art in addition to a broad liberal arts background. In addition to their concentration area, students are exposed to design principles, art history and electives with an option to participate in senior thesis.
  • Experience Design Major and Minor: This interdisciplinary major examines how humans interact and create meaningful experiences with products, services, environments and other people within the context of professional, commercial and nonprofit design scenarios.
  • Fine Arts Major and Minor: The bachelor of fine arts has a more intensive focus on studio art for students who are primarily interested in becoming professional artists or entering graduate school in the field. Senior thesis is a requirement for this degree.
  • Visual Arts Minor: The Visual Arts minor allows students to pursue a focused exploration of Art History, Ceramics, Design, Drawing, Experience Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture.

Art Department News and Events

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Redesigning the Classroom

Redesigning the Classroom

Associate Professor of Art Mark Dixon shakes up the typical classroom experience, teaching students to learn through discovery, failure, and persistence.

We Are Guilford — Will Kimmell '15 [VIDEO]

We Are Guilford — Will Kimmell '15 [VIDEO]

Meet Art major Will Kimmell '15. He's the lead fabricator at Leo Gaev…

Escaping the Classroom

Escaping the Classroom

Experience Design students take on an unprecedented project — designing Guilford’s first Escape Room pop-up event in Dana Auditorium.

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Have Your Art and Science, Too

Have Your Art and Science, Too

Art major Grace VanFleet ’17 is taking her love of art and mixing it with science – library science that is. This fall, she entered the Master of Science in Library Science program at UNC Chapel Hill.

Nourishing Her Passion

Nourishing Her Passion

What do you want to do when you grow up? That’s the question Jess Mrugula ’13 of South Windsor, Conn., has been trying to answer ever since her dad first asked it years ago.

The Art of Helping Others

The Art of Helping Others

Lele Graves ’20 shares how Guilford has inspired her to use her talents in art and activism to help those in need.

Contact Us

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Katy Collier

Katy Collier

Visiting Assistant Professor for Art

Maia Dery

Maia Dery

Visiting Instructor of Art/Experiential Learning

Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon

Associate Professor of Art

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Kathryn Shields

Kathryn Shields

Associate Professor of Art/Associate Academic Dean

Charlie Tefft

Charlie Tefft

Visiting Half-Time Instructor of Art

Antoine Williams

Antoine Williams

Assistant Professor for Art