Art (BA)

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Art history at EIU provides extensive integrative learning experiences through the interdisciplinary context of lecture presentations, study abroad, field trips to galleries and art museums, and a close, on-campus relationship with the Tarble Arts Center. While working toward the bachelor's degree, students will gain an understanding of art history theory and insight into the work of curating, archiving and critiquing art in museums and galleries. The studio option with two-dimensional emphasis offers students the opportunity to study various 2D studio media. Studio classes are offered in drawing, painting, printmaking and digital art. Instruction in the studio processes is done with an emphasis on creativity, craftsmanship, application and understanding of design principle, and safety. The studio option with three-dimensional emphasis offers the student the opportunity to study various 3D studio media. Studio classes are offered in ceramics, metalsmithing/jewelry, and sculpture. Instruction in the studio processes is done with an emphasis on creativity, craftsmanship, application and understanding of design principle, and safety.


Art History, Studio Art


Studio Art Two-Dimensional Emphasis (2D), Studio Art Three-Dimensional Emphasis (3D)

Hours Required

120 semester hours

Four Year Degree Plan

Course Catalog Listing (Art History Option) (Studio Art Option)

Typical Starting Positions

Exhibit Design Preparer, Museum Educator, Museum Curator, Art Museum or Gallery Assistant, Self-employed Artist

Study Abroad Opportunities

France - EIU Paris Study Abroad Program, Italy - Florence University of the Arts


Scholarship Listing

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Al & Vesta Rundle Scholarship
Art Department Grant-in-Aid Award
Art Department Talented Student Awards
Balsaar & Ruth Bubeck Scholarship
Dr. Barbara L. Hill Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Kenneth E. Hadwiger Foreign Cultures Award
Education Scholars Award
Eunice W. Dougherty Scholarship
Irene Couchman Buzzard Scholarship
June Krutza Art Scholarship
Mary Coon Cottingham Scholarship
Miranda Rice Weiss Art History Scholarship
Paul Turner Sargent Scholarship
Robert and Ann Flick Study Abroad Annual Scholarship
Ruth C. Boyd Cook Memorial Award Fund

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Faculty Listing

Faculty Research Interests

Art History Faculty:

Dr. Stephen Eskilson - Modern and contemporary periods, with a focus on the history of graphic design and the evolution of motion graphics over the last decade.

Dr. Janet T. Marquardt - Reception of Romanesque architecture; Medieval art after the Middle Ages; Memory and patrimony; Cultural Heritage; Contemporary women in art.

Dr. Robert Petersen - Various ways modern media adopt traditional means of expression and history of contemporary narrative art.

Dr. Mary Simpson - Research is focused on how various museum curators, art dealers, collectors, critics, and art organizations aided, challenged, and stymied efforts to develop support in Chicago for the artists of the New York School during the 1950s and how these efforts aided, challenged, and stymied the Exhibition Momentum Group, formed in 1948 by artist Leon Golub, as it struggled to secure regional and national recognition for Chicago artists. Additional research topics have included American printmaking since 1976, service-learning pedagogy, and, most recently, environmentally concerned art in America since 1990.

Studio Art Faculty:

Prof. Jeff Boshart - Large scale, site-specific sculpture.

Assoc. Prof. Jenny Chi - Specialize in the area of figurative art. The creative theme of recent work is based on Greek Mythology in a style of Romantic Realism.

Assoc. Prof. Ann Coddington - Utilizes fiber techniques from the traditional craft of basketry to create sculptural expressions that explore how life experiences are sensed, evinced, accumulated and stored in the body.

Prof. David Griffin - Jewelry and hollowware design.

Prof. Chris Kahler - Creative work is focused on painting. Areas of expertise include oils, acrylic and watercolor.

Prof. Dwain Naragon - The focus of creative work in ceramics is centered around the use of the potters wheel to create vessel forms and tiles in both stoneware and porcelain clays.

Prof. Denise Rehm-Mott - Printmaking media of intaglio and lithography.

Art (BA), Doudna Fine Arts Center 2670
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