Art

Design your future. Light your creative spark. Join a vibrant community.

The Davis & Elkins College art program prepares you with a strong foundation in the arts, design, art theory and art history to build on in your chosen medium – drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, digital media. Not sure which medium you want to work in? Try them all! Flexibility in the art program allows for growth and self-discovery through exploration, observation, problem solving, introspection and collaboration.

Whether you choose to major or minor in art, you’ll learn alongside dedicated, mentoring faculty who are working artists and active in the field. Small class sizes with faculty who are present and willing to help provide you with an inspiring environment that exposes you to new ideas, thoughts and activities while also allowing you to express your own creativity and explore your thoughts and feelings.

Opportunities

Throughout your studies at D&E, you’ll engage in practical experiences that will prepare you for a successful professional career in art or more in-depth study at the graduate level. Internship and entrepreneurial opportunities on campus and in the community allow you to work with a gallery.

Arts Ink, a student-run art gallery on campus, helps you gain business experience managing a shop and, if you wish, sell your work. In addition to on-campus shows, you’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your work in galleries in the local community and nearby cities. Internships available at these working studios also provide you with unique learning experiences.

Journeying around the world, art students have the option for exciting and intellectually stimulating travel to nearby destinations and on an annual trip to Europe, visiting cultural and artistic hotspots.

Facilities

Regardless of the medium in visual arts that interests you, the Davis & Elkins College Art Department provides the place you’ll need to be creative.

Located on the lower level of Myles Center for the Arts, the recently renovated work area features artistic architectural details and includes studio spaces for drawing/painting, printmaking and ceramics, technology labs, classrooms and offices. Complementing the area is student artwork, arranged in glass display cases and gracing the walls of the hallways.

A bright and spacious studio provides plenty of room for painting, drawing and design. An expansive ceramic and sculpture studio houses pottery wheels as well as space for mold making and clay mixing. There is also space dedicated for printmaking, including the tools necessary for etching, lino-cutting, woodcutting and screenprinting. The Mac Lab, designed with students in mind, offers resources for graphic design and digital photography.

Art Department areas are available for you to work in even when a class is not in session.

In addition to space for making art, you’ll have access to an area for making a living as an artist. Arts Ink, a student-run gallery located in Myles Center for the Arts, allows you to gain some business experience managing a shop and, if you wish, sell your work.

Art Facility
Art Facility
Art Facility

Clubs

Explore your creative side in the Art Club. Whether you’re studying business or creating something for an art show, you’re welcome to participate in the organization’s many activities that spread art throughout the campus and the community.

The Art Club is where students come together outside of class to engage in a broad range of discussions and participate in activities related to the visual arts, such as painting, ceramics and screen-printing. In addition to hands-on activities, the club hosts movie nights, sponsors field trips to museums and galleries, welcomes guest artists, organizes student art shows and adds a splash of color to the community with Color Runs and downtown projects.

Another great opportunity available through the club is Arts Ink. The student-run gallery can provide you with real world experience here on campus. Working under the guidance of professors, you’ll gain a better understanding of entrepreneurship and generate income if you wish to sell your work.

For more information about the latest Art Club events, contact Art Club adviser Michael Doig or visit the Art Department in Myles Center for the Arts.

Department Directory

Eric Armstrong

Technical Director, Division of Creative Arts; Adjunct Professor in Theatre Arts
Donna Baroudi Huffman

Donna Baroudi Huffman

Music Program Coordinator; Instructor of Music
Michael Doig

Michael Doig

Chair, Division of Creative Arts; Associate Professor of Art
Bridget Esterhuizen

Bridget Esterhuizen

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Tessa Garver-Daniels

Adjunct Faculty, Creative Arts
Laurie Goux

Laurie Goux

Adjunct Professor in Dance
Macy Jackson

Macy Jackson

Instructor of Digital Media
Elizabeth Marshall-MacVean

Elizabeth Marshall-MacVean

Director, Oratorio Society & Concert Choir
Lonnie Martin

Lonnie Martin

Instructor of Theatre and Film

Seth Maynard

Adjunct Faculty, Music

Desire Watson

Adjunct Faculty, Creative Arts
Kevin Woodcock

Kevin Woodcock

Assistant Professor of Art

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