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Department of Art and Art History

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The Department of Art and Art History provides instruction and inspiration to a diverse group of students. Art History, Digital and New Media, and the traditional media studio arts come together in an exceptional facility which provides students with an understanding of technique, visual and written communication, and the role of critical and creative thinking in society. Students graduate with an understanding of aesthetic form, content and research-based expression, as well as diverse cultural and contextual awareness in order to work in a professional environment that utilizes their skills for problem solving and visual expression.

No entry portfolio is required for admission to the Art Major.

Department Chair
Lora Lee (Boya Li)
FAIC Rm. 322
(860) 465-5132
Robin Marrotte
FAIC Rm. 317
(860) 465-0197
Assistant Chair
Dr. Maeve K. Doyle
FAIC Rm. 319
(860) 465-4345

In the News

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Graduating artists celebrated at Senior Art Exhibition

May 22, 2024

The work of graduating students from the Department of Art and Art History was highlighted during the annual Senior Art Exhibition in the Art Gallery this May. With an opening reception on May 9, the exhibition featured senior capstone projects in digital media design, studio art, illustration and art history.

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Student art installed in 'Nooks and Crannies' of fine arts center

March 01, 2024

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Fine Arts Instructional Center (FAIC) was recently filled from the lobby to the top floor with mixed-media installation art. The dispersed exhibition, “Nooks and Crannies,” features student work from art Professor Rob Greene's installation art class.

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Faculty artists exhibit in galleries off campus

December 12, 2023

Two art professors at Eastern Connecticut State University have recently exhibited their work at galleries in Connecticut. Paul Michael’s work at Pegasus Gallery in Middletown is an exploration of the line between reality and the reality shown on camera. Afarin Rahmanifar’s “Tales of Enduring Women” at Danbury’s Frida Art Gallery paid homage to the recent uprising and vocalization of women in Iran.

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Programs of Study

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree in Art offers four concentrations of study: Art History; Digital Art & Design; Illustration; and Studio Art. Students may also choose the related bachelor’s degree in New Media Studies with a concentration in Digital Media Design. Art majors enjoy state-of-the-art digital and traditional studios in the beautiful Fine Arts Instructional Center. Students display their artwork in the Art Gallery and elsewhere on campus. Both studio and art history courses emphasize connections between research and art making and the job market and graduate school.

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  • Students taking the Art History concentration in the Art major learn about art from a variety of mediums, cultures and periods, including Asian art and culture, graphic design history, and ancient Mesoamerica. Students in other majors may also minor in Art History.

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  • The interdisciplinary minor in Costume and Fashion Design helps students develop skills and abilities in costume and fashion design. Using hands-on and computer-aided design & illustration techniques, students accessories and learn the basics of textile design & production.

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  • The Digital Art and Media Design concentration in the Art major familiarizes students with computer skills and graphic design and offers advanced courses in animation, magazine design, illustration, and motion graphics. A minor in Digital Art and Design is also available to non-Art majors.

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  • The Film Studies minor complements majors in Communication, the Visual and Performing Arts, English, History and Modern Languages. Students are prepared for careers or further study in the areas of film and video techniques, history and criticism.

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  • Students in the Game Design minor use simulation, human machine interaction and gaming to learn artistic and computational skills. Courses may consist of animation, game engines, mathematics, modeling, network design, and state-of-the-art hardware and software.

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  • The Studio Art concentration in the Art major offers courses in traditional and alternative approaches to develop observational skills and promote a high level of craft. Advanced students are encouraged to identify and develop a strong personal point of view in their coursework and studio practice. A Studio Art minor is also available to other majors.

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