ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Studio Art at Goucher?

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. Our faculty and staff will help you to cultivate your passions and build on experiences for your career. 

This minor complements many areas of study, including the visual and material culture major, secondary education and art history minors, and a concentration in arts management. To meet tailored interests and career plans, the individualized interdisciplinary major allows students and their advisors to combine coursework from multiple disciplines to create their own program.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

Students demonstrate their knowledge of aesthetic traditions and conventions in assessing the merit and value of artwork; acquire technical skill and craftsmanship across a range of media; and examine the role of the visual arts in social, political, religious, racial, economic, and aesthetic issues.

The Meyerhoff Arts Center, located in the heart of the campus, houses the program's offices, the studios for design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography, and its seminar and lecture rooms. The digital imaging studios are housed in the Athenaeum.  Learn More

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, which prepares them for serious inquiry, whether in research or studio practice. Students leave with an expansive portfolio to launch them into graduate school or a professional art career.

Course Curriculum


Program Contact
Allyn Massey

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty

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

Rick Delaney, Assistant Professor: Digital Media and Printmaking

Allyn Massey, Associate Professor: Sculpture and 3D Thinking

Matthew McConville, Associate Professor: Painting

Pam Thompson, Assistant Professor: Drawing and Visual Thinking

Affiliate Faculty
April Oettinger

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 Global Education 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 program 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.

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.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.

Alumni SpotlightChevron iconAlex Ebstein ’07

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Alex Ebstein ’07

“Goucher was the place where I learned that your interests and your goals can take you anywhere.”

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