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 compliments many areas of study, including the visual and material culture major, secondary education and art history minors, and a concentration in arts administration. 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; 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 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. 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.
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
April Oettinger, Allison Lohr
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 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.
Major & Career Exploration
Graduate & Professional School
- February 13, 2019
Professor April Oettinger has been appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the National Gallery of Art's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
- April 21, 2016
April Oettinger, an associate professor of art history in Goucher College's Art and Art History Department, has been named a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends award.