Why Choose HWS?
The Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center
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.
We offer both a major and minor in studio art. In addition to our focus on work in the studio, we emphasize art history, and all majors take a senior seminar that examines art theory and the professional practices Our studio arts program is ideal for both the student who wishes to major as well as the student who wishes to experience the visual arts and apply that experience to other areas of study.
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 we work closely with our students to help define a course of study that is challenging and inspiring. Extended class periods provide the opportunity for dedicated work time and field trips.
We are housed in the spacious Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center, and the Goldstein Family Carriage House, recently renovated and sited on acres of lovely landscape. Our facilities feature a digital lab, chemical darkroom, painting, drawing, sculpture studios, foundry, and a print shop equipped for screenprinting, relief, and intaglio techniques. We also have designated studio space for students doing one-on-one independent studies and honors projects. A majority of our students spend a semester abroad studying art at places such as Rome, Italy; Aix-en-Provence, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; Chichester, England; Budapest, Hungary; and Lingnan, Hong Kong.