The mission of the Art Program is to provide
students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge
leading toward deeper appreciation of the visual arts, professional
preparation, and individualized creative
The Art Program provides a broad
sequence of art courses for partial fulfillment of General Education Requirements, Associate of Arts
degree, Art minor and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Degree. Within the
liberal arts tradition, students develop a foundation of knowledge
and skills in studio art and art history.
The Art Club, which is open to all students, includes periodic
trips to regional galleries and museums. Past events have also
included studio workshops, attendance at national art conventions,
and a tour of the Tuscany region in Italy for art faculty and
students. Trips to view collections have ranged from the J.B. Speed
museum in Louisville, Ky.; The Frist Art Musuem, Cheekwood, and the
Parthenon in Nashville, Tenn.; the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga,
Tenn.; The Chicago Art Institute; the Hite Museum in Atlanta; and
visits to Lexington, Ky., Memphis, Tenn., Cincinnati, and
The Lucretia C. Begley
Located in the W.W. Slider Humanities Center, the Begley Gallery
features work of regional and national artists. The gallery provides an exciting schedule of exhibits
during the academic year. Student work, including an annual "Art
Majors Seminar," is exhibited as well.
Why choose Art?
Do you love to draw, paint or design? A major in Art offers
numerous career opportunities ranging from a Fine Artist
creating paintings, sculptures and illistrations displayed in
museums and art galleries to a to a Multimedia Artist creating
images for film, video and other types of electronic media. The
idea of the "starving artist" is outdated because the modern artist
has a large selection of art-focused opportunities with the right
training and talent.