ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Studio Art at Goucher?

The study of the visual arts at Goucher helps students develop creative skill and aesthetic sensitivity, to examine the historical emergence of art theory and practice, and more. To accommodate individual interests and career plans, students and their advisers may also design individualized majors that unite studies in art with coursework in other fields.

Majors in studio art may also concentrate in secondary education with certification in studio art. The program also offers a minor in studio art and a minor in art history. Within either art history or studio art, a student can concentrate in arts administration.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

Goucher combines the professional faculty and facilities of a larger school with the personal attention paid to each student's artistic and scholarly development only possible at a smaller college. The art studio major prepares students for a professional career in the visual arts or for graduate study.

The Meyerhoff Arts Center, located in the heart of the campus, houses the department's offices, the studios for design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography, as well as its seminar and lecture rooms. The Digital Imaging studios are housed in the Athenaeum.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Courses in studio art emphasize independent thought and experimentation in transforming materials to communicate emotions and ideas, and art students are prepared for graduate study or a professional art career. Students will demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic traditions and conventions in assessing the merit and value of artwork; acquire technical skill and craftsmanship across a range of media; examine the role of the visual arts in social, political, religious, racial, economic, and aesthetic issues; and demonstrate the intellectual rigor to conduct serious inquiry whether in research or studio practice, with an eye toward continued development after graduation.

Course Curriculum


Program Contact
Matt McConville

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty

Stuart Abarbanel, Professor: Painting, Drawing, and Visual Thinking

Laura Burns, Assistant Professor: Photography, Contemporary Art, and Curatorial Practices

Iman Djouini, Assistant Professor: Printmaking and Visual Thinking

Rick Delaney, Assistant Professor: Digital Media and Printmaking

Allyn Massey, Associate Professor: Sculpture and 3-D Thinking

Matthew McConville, Associate Professor: Painting

Cornel Rubino, Assistant Professor: Painting and Drawing

Pam Thompson, Assistant Professor: Drawing and Visual Thinking


Affiliate Faculty
April Oettinger, Allison Lohr

Study Abroad

By choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, art and art history students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study.  Study-abroad opportunities for students studying in these disciplines include Sacred Space, the Forbidden Forest, and Nature's Place in Contemporary Japan.

Visit the Office of International Studies for more information.

Opportunities & Internships

Scholarships and Awards

The Spencer Award

The Eleanor Spencer Award is granted each year to a rising sophomore who has declared a major in art history or studio art. It funds outstanding research projects requiring travel to complete. Proposals are submitted to the department chair early in the spring semester and are reviewed by the department faculty.


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Internships for college credit are possible through established relationships with area museums, arts organizations, artists, galleries, and design studios, as well as through professional relationships researched by the student. These provide students with hands-on experience and help them establish professional contacts. Certain courses are open to Goucher students at a consortium of institutions, including the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Towson University.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page and at

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.