Art and Art History
The Art and Art History faculty work to nurture students’ understanding of the various arts and to develop their artistic and creative abilities, whether for their own intellectual growth or for success in an art career. Critical and technical skills are taught as well as an appreciation of art as an essential element in a fulfilling life as a vehicle for interpreting the present and the past.
Our facilities include naturally lit studios for painting and drawing classes, a state-of-the-art computer lab, as well as graphic design, jewelry, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture studios. The Department offers a range of experiences including the opportunity to view monthly shows in our own Esther Prangley Rice Gallery, where students can meet local, regional and national artists.
Peterson Hall and the Art Studio
Majors & Courses
The undergraduate Art & Art History program prepares students for a multitude of careers. Our graduates are now working in graphic design firms, attending graduate programs in Studio Art, Digital Media, Art History, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Many students enroll in art courses for personal enrichment and a desire for creative expression.
Associate Professor and department chair Gretchen McKay
(Ph.D., University of Virginia), is an expert in Byzantine and Early Christian art, Medieval art and 19th-century art, who brought the “Reacting to the Past” series, which immerses students in historical events through role-playing, to McDaniel and is the author of one of the series’ games, “Modernism vs. Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-89,” now in use in many colleges and universities nationwide.
Professor Susan Bloom
(M.F.A., The Maryland Institute College of Art), whose work appears in several private collections and is shown regionally, teaches photography, digital photography and computer graphics and is known for her innovative photography techniques and her 608-page book, “Digital Collage and Painting,” directed at the fine art applications of the computer. http://www.suebloom.com/
Visiting Instructor Emily Grey
(M.A., University of Maryland), teaches a variety of courses in western and non-western art, with a focus on modern and contemporary art. As the Curator of Exhibitions at the Monhegan Museum in Maine she also coordinates annual art exhibitions and permanent history exhibits at the historic Monhegan Light Station.
Senior Lecturer Katya Dovgan
(M.F.A., Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kyiv, Ukraine), specializes in painting and art conservation. Prior to coming to the U.S., she had worked as an artist, art teacher and art conservator all over Ukraine, in Russia and Germany. Ms. Mychajlyshyn teaches Drawing I, Figure Drawing, Oil Painting, Watercolor and Sculpture classes to both undergraduate and graduate students. Examples of her creative work and art conservation projects can be seen on the McDaniel campus.
Associate Professor and Director of the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery Steven Pearson
(M.F.A. Hoffberger School of Painting, The Maryland Institute College of Art), who teaches drawing and painting, color theory, printmaking, and the Advanced Studio Series of courses, explores in his artwork the notion of memory's function and sustainability in a media saturated world. Professor Pearson exhibits his work both regionally and nationally, and his work is in a number of public and private art collections. http://srpearson.com/home.html
Associate Professor Susan Scott
(Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University), a founding member of the Chinese Architectural History Society, specializes in Asian and Islamic art, Renaissance and Baroque architecture and Spanish and Italian Baroque painting and spearheaded the establishment of the college’s Asian Studies major and minor, which she now coordinates while continuing her research in Asian art history and frequent travels, often with students, to Japan and China.
Senior Lecturer Linda Van Hart
(M.ArtEd.,Towson University), In addition to teaching basic design and jewelry and lapidary, Ms. Van Hart is an accomplished jeweler and businesswoman whose designs are well-known throughout the mid-Atlantic region. http://www.tollhousestudio.com/
Art & Art History majors may also participate in special projects, including the creation of painted murals or outdoor sculpture pieces. Other opportunities include internships in Graphic Design. Field trips to galleries in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and New York
Art & Art History majors may also participate in special projects, including the creation of painted murals or outdoor sculpture pieces. Other opportunities include internships in Graphic Design. Field trips to galleries in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and New York City broaden the horizons of students. Opportunities for further travel exist in January Term art tours of Europe and programs for study abroad.
McDaniel has two buildings dedicated to the Art & Art History program, Peterson Hall and The Studio. Peterson Hall is where courses are taught in art history, graphic design, computer graphics, photography and design classes as well as faculty offices. The Rice Gallery is located on the upper floor. The Studio is the home for students taking courses in painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and drawing. Its skylit spaces and good ventilation provides an excellent space for these media.
Ars Nova - Arts Club
The student arts club, Ars Nova, provides a forum to view and critique work, discuss and share ideas, organize student exhibitions, and provide community service. Completion or enrollment in at least one studio or art history course qualifies students for membership.
Art Honor Society
Eikon TexNH E’Ekphrasis is a McDaniel College-only honor society that promotes excellence in the field of art history, and seeks to foster an environment suitable for further research, study, and critique of works of art. Minimum requirements for membership include completion of 12 semester hours of art history, rank in the top 35% of the class, average GPA in Art History courses of 3.5, and overall GPA of 3.0.
Visiting Lecture Series
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Dana Reifler Amato
Robert Sparrow Jones
Calvin Edward Ramsburg
Joshua Wade Smith
Recent Art & At History graduates have pursued advanced degrees at the following colleges and universities:
Art Institute of Boston (MA)
Corcoran College of Art and Design
George Washington University (Washington, D.C.)
Maryland Institute College of Art
Montclair State University (NJ)
Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles, CA)
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Pratt Institute (NY)
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL)
School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (MA)
School of Visual Arts in New York City
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
University of Delaware
The Esther Prangley Rice Gallery
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12p-4pm
Select Sundays, 11am-3pm
Fall Semester 2013
Pressure/Heat/Time: Paintings by Evan Boggess
August 27-September 20
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. with an Artist Talk at 6:00 p.m.
Look/out: A Mixed Media Exhibit by Naomi Falk
September 24 through October 18
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. with an Artist Talk at 6:00 p.m.
Translation: New Works by Cara Ober
October 22 through November 15
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. with an Artist Talk at 6:00 p.m.
Artifacts: Photography by Susan Ruddick Bloom
November 19 through December 13
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. with an Artist Talk at 6:00 p.m.
Visiting Artist Lectures
Sponsored by Ars Nova, the McDaniel Art Club, the Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Cross Cultural Studies, and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Maureen Drdak: "Contemporary Art Production in the Land of the Living Gods"
Tuesday September 17th at 7:00 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge
Joyce Scott: "The Shape I'm In"
Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge
Spring Semester 2013 Exhibits:
Stewart Watson: possessions
January 29-February 22
Opening Reception: January 29, 7-9 p.m. with a Gallery Talk at 7:30 p.m.
Ornate Organics: A Mixed Media Display by Amy Boone-McCreesh
February 26-March 22
Opening Reception: February 26, 7-9 p.m. with a Gallery Talk at 7:30 p.m.
smARTies : The McDaniel College Honors Exhibition
March 26-April 5
Opening Reception: March 26, 7-9 p.m. with an Gallery Talk at 7:30 p.m.
Please note that some work in this exhibition explores adult content and is intended for mature audiences only.
The Kathryn E. Wentz Juried Undergraduate Exhibition
April 9-April 19
Opening Reception: April 9, 7-9 p.m.
Vaguely Graphic Materials: McDaniel College Senior Capstone Exhibition One
April 23-May 3
Opening Reception: April 23, 7-9 p.m.
McDaniel College Senior Capstone Exhibition Two
May 7-May 17
Opening Reception: May 7, 7-9 p.m.