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Visual Arts

Art History: Major, Minor 
Studio Art: Major, Minor 

 

The study of visual arts provides a powerful lens through which students can better see, evaluate and understand the cultures that surround them. Through classroom, studio, and real-world experiences, the study of visual arts provides a complement to the broader examination of the liberal arts, increasing students’ sensitivity to the built environment and visual culture, refining their powers of critical analysis, and providing them with the means for creative expression.

In the classroom, students and faculty study the rich heritage of artistic and cultural traditions from around the world. In the studio, students engage with traditional and new methods of making, becoming absorbed in the process of creating original work. Outside the College, they immerse themselves in the magnificent architecture and many galleries and museums in the cities of Worcester and nearby Boston. The rich cultural resources of the surrounding region form an integral part of the visual arts curriculum, and provide students with abundant learning, community engagement, and internship opportunities.

The Department of Visual Arts — comprised of the divisions of art history and studio art — is staffed by a group of highly respected professionals who regularly exhibit, lecture, publish, and curate nationally and internationally. These professional artists and art historians place great emphasis on student mentoring in the classroom as well as through many learning excursions off campus.

Program Highlights

Art history areas of study include:
  • Renaissance to Modern Art
  • Islamic Art
  • African Art
  • Art of the Americas
  • History of Architecture
  • Narrative Art and Film
  • Medieval Art
  • 15th- and 16th-century Italy Art
  • 17th-century Baroque Art
  • 19th- and 20th-century Art
  • Modern Architecture
Studio art areas of study include:
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Imaging and New Media
  • Fundamentals of Color
  • 3D Fundamentals
 

Visual Arts News

Elizabeth Landis, Matthew Gamber, Selina Gallo-Cruz, Alvaro Jarrin, Geoffrey Findlay, Daniel DiCenso, Shannon Stock, Ji Hao, and Denis Kennedy stand together in front of a fountain

Ten Faculty Members Receive Tenure in 2019

Feb 27, 2019

From researching fruit flies to reimagining the first commercially successful color film, College of the Holy Cross faculty members are making massive contributions to their fields — and to their classrooms. Hear a bit more from the 10 newly tenured …

Mary Beth Sheridan '83, Arthur Weyman '62, Barbara Tylenda '79, Richard Leon '71 and Gus Caffrey '73 stand at the entrance of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel.

Five Outstanding Alumni Receive Sanctae Crucis Awards

Jan 7, 2019

They graduated years apart, yet each embraces the Jesuit magis, a calling to “be more” that has fueled Holy Cross men and women throughout the decades and around the world. Determined to live lives of purpose and impact, these alumni …

Events

Fri
Sep 27
Festival of the Arts at Holy Cross
08:00 AM
Henry M. Hogan Campus Center Outdoor Oval