About Studio Art
Our Program and Courses
Studio art is a major and minor at F&M. You’ll study the foundational areas of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and more, while discovering how artists channel these media into a range of expressive styles. In addition to building a robust portfolio of studio art, you’ll also learn about art’s vital role in personal and public life, religious and secular practices, political activism and cultural power, and transformations of visual experience over time.
Wondering what a studio art course is like? Take a look at our course catalog to see the depth and breadth of what’s available to you.
Our Faculty and Staff
Film & Video Technical ManagerContact »
Caitlyn L Bishop
Adjunct Instructor of ArtContact »
Adjunct Instructor Art, Art History & FilmContact »
James C HollenbaughContact »
Gloria E Mast
Adjunct Instructor of Art & Art History & FilmContact »
Museum CoordinatorContact »
Associate Professor of Film, Film & Media Program Director, Department Chair of Art, Art History & Film
Art, Art History and Film; International StudiesContact »
Rebecca D Zinner
Adjunct InstructorContact »
Learning Outside the Classroom
At F&M, you’re strongly encouraged to step beyond the walls of the classroom to engage in self-exploration, self-expression, and creativity. We offer a variety of ways to do just that.
Art Shows and Exhibitions
See what your work looks like gracing a gallery wall. Each spring semester, F&M holds a student art show juried by a local guest artist, featuring works by all F&M students. Student work is also often exhibited in F&M’s Winter Visual Arts Center, the Shadek-Fackenthal Library, and the Phillips Museum of Art. Studio art majors are also required to take a studio seminar in the spring of their senior year, producing works that are displayed in our annual senior art exhibition.
Research and Independent Study
Every student at F&M has extraordinary opportunities to engage in independent or faculty-led
research. Advanced art majors are encouraged to undertake independent study courses, which
may result in bodies of work for solo exhibitions or projects for departmental honors.
You also have the flexibility to pursue research, whether you want to dive into a
particular artist, time period, or cultural movement, or explore how art connects
with politics, religion, pop culture, and more.
Explore research at F&M
What inspiration awaits you abroad? How will your art evolve beyond U.S. borders?
F&M’s off-campus study program offers many options to broaden your artistic studies.
Sophomores who declare a major in art history or studio art also may apply for the
Sophomore Summer Foreign Travel Award in Studio or Art History. This award, established
by the late Dean of the College, Bradley R. Dewey, offers funding for students to
spend a summer studying outside of the U.S.
Explore off-campus study at F&M
The convenient location of F&M’s home city of Lancaster allows for trips to museums and galleries in Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Lancaster itself is also a nationally recognized art center, featuring dozens of independent galleries in the heart of downtown. Many F&M students, faculty and staff are involved in this rich artistic landscape, displaying their works in art galleries or creating public art installations or murals.
Our Facilities and Resources
Winter Visual Arts Center
The Susan and Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center (WVAC) provides an inspiring space for the making and study of visual arts. The WVAC is the home of the art, art history, and film departments, as well as several art studios, a digital lab, an art gallery, a cinema, and more. The building earned The Architect’s Newspaper 2020 Best of Design Award in the institutional / higher education category.
Studio art students in particular will enjoy:
- The Gipson Grand Forum
- Jonathan E. Babkow ’88 & Maia Rubin Film & Media Studies Digital Lab
- Ann Boyd Barshinger W’43, H’17 Painting Studio
- Thomas A. and Georgina T. Russo Family Foundation Gallery
The Phillips Museum of Art
Located in F&M’s Steinman College Center, the Phillips Museum of Art fosters an understanding and appreciation of the arts, including contemporary, historical and multicultural materials. The museum often partners with academic departments — including studio art — to offer opportunities for faculty and staff to extend the walls of their classrooms and engage students in tours, object-based learning workshops, and research opportunities that draw from the museum’s permanent collection, changing exhibitions, and visiting artists.
Success Beyond F&M
Art studio courses at F&M emphasize crossing disciplinary boundaries, establishing a sound foundation for a range of professional paths.
Studio art majors at F&M often continue their studies at excellent graduate programs in studio art, visual arts, design, animation, art history, and architecture. They’ve enrolled at the finest institutions for postgraduate art programs, including:
- Boston College
- Columbia University
- College of William & Mary
- New York University
- Pratt Institute
- Savannah College of Art and Design
- School of Visual Arts
- School of Art Institute of Chicago
Studio art graduates are prepared for a wide array of careers. They hold positions such as:
- Art Director
- Art Teacher
- Graphic Designer
- Fashion Designer
- Fine Arts Assistant Appraiser
- Museum Curator
- Museum Director
- Museum Educator
- Preservation Professional
- Video Game Designer
- Web Designer
Exploring How Images Present New Ways to Tell a StoryAs an English literature and studio art double major, Sojin Shin '22 has a twofold love of words and images. It's only fitting that she chose to explore how her skills in art and writing complement each other in storytelling by creating a graphic novel. "I was really excited by how images presented so many new ways to tell a story that was slightly different from the precision and forwardness of language," she said.
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Winter Visual Arts Center Crosses BoundariesThe Susan and Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center (WVAC) provides a magnificent environment for the making and study of visual arts. The WVAC is the home of the art, art history, and film departments, as well as several art studios, a digital lab, an art gallery, a cinema, and more. "As a collective, these spaces and the creativity they spark touch every aspect of F&M's mission and reinforce our commitment to providing a world-class liberal arts education," said F&M President Barbara Altmann.
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Related Fields of Study
What does art of the past tell us about the transformation of visual and material experience over time? By studying art history at F&M, you’ll actively engage with this living dimension of the past through its artifacts, images, architecture, and relevant texts.
Arts for Social Change (Certificate)
This certificate will help you deepen your understanding of the arts as mediums for impacting culture, community, politics, education, and more. Arts for Social Change spans F&M’s dynamic arts disciplines, uniting the ethos of community-building with artistic practice that foregrounds innovation and action.
One field of study engages in all sorts of questions about people, institutions, and social structures: sociology. How does power operate in society? How do politics shape our lives? How and why have family relationships changed over time? As a student of sociology, you will explore these interactions to better understand how they shape the world and cultures that we live in.
F&M Studio Art in the Spotlight
September 6, 2023
Phillips Museum Showcases Fall Exhibitions
Unveiled this week, the newest slate of exhibitions at the Phillips Museum of Art explores nature, place and memory.
May 10, 2023
F&M Senior Sculpts House from the Ground Up
While sculpture isn't unusual for art majors, senior Lauren Proffitt might just be the first Franklin & Marshall College student to build a home from scratch. F&M studio art major Lauren Profitt '23 attended workshops led by This Cob House and Mud Dauber School to learn about natural building products.
April 6, 2022
Exploring How Images Present New Ways to Tell a Story
As an English literature and studio art double major, Franklin & Marshall College senior Sojin Shin has a twofold love of words and images. It's only fitting that she chose to explore how her...English literature and studio art double major explores writing and images in storytelling by creating a graphic novel.