2005-2007 Academic Catalog
Department: Art and Art History
Department Chair: Patricia Olson
Program Option: B.A.
The Department of Art and Art History offers courses that provide you with skills in artistic expression and appreciation, and provides a critical understanding of the contributions of visual art to culture. You will be guided to explore your personal vision, combining studio work with academic studies in art history, with the liberal arts integrated in all courses.
A studio arts major at St. Kate’s will give you a solid foundation for a career as a fine artist, graphic designer, illustrator or photographer, as well as contribute to your personal enrichment. If you choose to pursue graduate education in studio art, art history, museum studies or art therapy, you will find your St. Kate’s degree to be excellent preparation. Our program can also be tailored to teaching art in the public schools (see Education – Visual Arts with K-12 Teaching Licensure). We are committed to the development of women artists, designers and art educators and provide an environment especially supportive for women as they develop their talents.
Studio art majors work closely with the art faculty to determine their course of study and develop their portfolios in areas such as painting, drawing, graphic design, ceramics, photography, printmaking and sculpture. All St. Kate’s studio art faculty are active artists, exhibiting professionally across the country. These St. Kate’s faculty and others will serve as your mentors, sharing their own backgrounds and skills with you. They will help you build the portfolio you need to pursue your career and identify other resources for you. Visiting artists will work with you to further develop both your technique and creativity.
At St. Kate’s, you will have access to facilities including a state-of-the-art computer lab for executing graphic design and creating digital images; photography darkrooms; sculpture studios for working in wood, metal, ceramics and jewelry; painting, drawing and printmaking studios.
You will be encouraged to participate in activities of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery. Located in the Visual Arts Building on the St. Paul campus, it features national and regional artists, with an emphasis on the work of women. The Gallery functions as a community resource offering special workshops and lectures for students in conjunction with most exhibitions. The culmination of each exhibition season is the annual Senior Exhibition, showing the best work of graduating studio art majors.
St. Kate’s is located in the heart of the vibrant Twin Cities arts community, ranked 13th out of 351 U.S. cities in terms of the arts, including the visual arts. Major museums in the Twin Cities include the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center, both within minutes of St. Kate’s. Many other smaller museums, galleries and sculpture parks await your visit.
The same vibrant arts community that makes the Twin Cities a great place to view first-rate art also makes this a great place when it comes to finding an internship or your first professional position. For example, the Twin Cities graphic design industry is the third largest in the nation, and job opportunities are there for talented visual artists beginning their careers. Graphic design students have had internships in publication offices, nonprofit organizations, design and advertising firms, state agencies and other locations where you can hone your design and technical skills in a hands-on work environment. Internships at museums, galleries and non-profit arts organizations are available for fine artists and photographers.
The Center for Women and Spirituality at the College of St. Catherine also is a wonderful resource for studio art majors. Seeking to develop and strengthen scholarship and programs for the study and understanding of spirituality in women’s lives, it serves as a resource for scholars and others interested in women’s spirituality. The Center supports a number of projects, including housing the Ada Bethune Collection, the personal papers and many works of the important liturgical artist and social-justice activist.
If you are interested in majoring in studio art, you are encouraged to contact the chair of the Art and Art History Department upon your arrival at the College to plan your program of study and have your transfer work evaluated (if applicable).
See also: Art History, Education – Visual Arts with K-12 Teaching Licensure.
Within the studio art major, students may specialize in one or more of the following areas: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics.
Requirements are as follows:
Portfolio Reviews I and II*
Nine studio art courses including:
ART 1000 Two-Dimensional Design
ART 1010 Three-Dimensional Design
ART 1200 Drawing
ART 2250 Art and Technology
Plus five studio art electives of which three must be in the area of specialization
ART 4800 Senior Seminar for Studio Artists
ART 4850 Senior Exhibition
Required supporting art history courses (must be taken for a letter grade):
ARTH 1100 Introduction to Art History: Ancient through Medieval or ARTH 1110 Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to Modern
ARTH 2650 Modern Art History
ARTH XXXX Art History elective (2000 level or above)
Recommended supporting course:
PHIL 2900 Philosophy of the Arts (also fulfills the liberal arts core requirement in philosophy) or City Arts through the HECUA Program.
To determine which additional courses best suit your learning needs and career objectives, you will follow the advisement of the art faculty in your portfolio reviews.
*Portfolio Reviews I and II:
During your sophomore year, you will submit your work to faculty review in order to be admitted as a major. In this first review of your portfolio, the faculty assesses your mastery of basic visual art skills and advises a program of further studies that supports your development needs and career goals. To be eligible for participation in the first portfolio review, you must have completed or be currently enrolled in foundation studies: ART 1000 Two-Dimensional Design, ART 1010 Three-Dimensional Design, and ARTH 1100 Introduction to Art History: Ancient Through Medieval or ARTH 1110 Introduction to Art History: Renaissance Through Modern, and ART 1200 Drawing.
During your junior year, you will submit to faculty review the work you have done since your first portfolio review. In this second review of your portfolio, the faculty evaluates your progress in an area of specialization, determines an emerging personal vision and direction in your work, and advises you for the Senior Exhibition. Participation in and passing this second review is a prerequisite to registering for ART 4850 Senior Exhibition and ART 4800 Senior Seminar for Studio Artists.
You must complete your second portfolio review no later than the semester prior to your senior exhibition.
Senior Exhibition (ART 4850):
During the winter semester of your last year in the program, you submit a cohesive body of your artwork to be juried by the faculty for the Senior Exhibition. The Senior Exhibition provides a professional experience of preparing and exhibiting visual art in the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, and represents the culmination of your development and work in the major. To be eligible for participation in the Senior Exhibition, you must have completed all other requirements for the studio art major.
Studio art majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing ARTH 2650. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 and CORE 3990, and any other writing-intensive course in another department).
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