Majoring in Art

Art Certificate


As an art major, you embark on a journey of visual investigation to develop your technical expertise and visual communication skills. The journey starts with courses in design and foundation-level drawing and culminates in the ideas and concepts you express in the Senior Thesis Exhibition. Our faculty are dedicated teachers and active artists. They expose you to a variety of artistic philosophies and professional practices. You can experiment or concentrate in a broad range of studio disciplines including ceramics, graphic design, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.


Cummings Arts Center has generous studios, darkrooms, computer laboratories and galleries supporting diverse disciplines. We also have newly renovated studios in sculpture, ceramics and printmaking and a new white-box gallery for student exhibitions and special projects. As a senior, you have a studio that is yours 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your thesis project.

Special opportunities

Opportunities for collaboration abound. For example, professors Pamela Marks (art) and Marc Zimmer (chemistry) collaborated with art major Julia McGinley '14 to develop illustrations for a children's book on bioluminescence. And art professors Andrea Wollensak and Denise Pelletier collaborated with the computer science and botany departments to create courses investigating common themes and concepts. The Arboretum, greenhouse and Caroline Black Garden were the locus for the investigations.

Visiting artists

The Dayton Artist-in-Residence and Weissman Visiting Artist programs make it possible for you to work on campus with leading national and international artists in workshops, studio classes and exhibitions. Visitors have included Maya Lin, Faith Ringgold, Sol LeWitt, Elena Sisto, John Cohen and Henry Horenstein. You also will have access to internships, retreats and trips to major art centers.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Art?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Animator, Pixar Studios
  • Exhibition Specialist, Bronx Zoo
  • Modeler, Dreamworks
  • Antique Motor Bike Building, Eastern Fabrications
  • Art Teacher, Bangor School District
  • Visual Collections Archivist, Cornell University
  • Senior Creative Director, Crate and Barrel
  • Fine Arts Conservator, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Photostylist, Home Shopping Network
  • Web Designer, The Hartford
  • Art Director, the New York Times
  • Associate Professor of Art, Furman University
  • Character Artist, Riot Games
  • Design Director, Web MD
  • Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather
  • Cultural Arts Director, Baltimore Office of Promotion
  • Education Coordinator, Real Art Ways
  • Interior Design Consultant, Honeywell
  • Visual Merchandiser, Reebok


Nadav Assor, Assistant Professor of Art

Nadav Assor, Assistant Professor of Art
New Media art • Interactive programming and prototyping as art-making methods • Sound and vdeo production and presentation, with a focus on experimental methods • Experimental 3D methods: motion capture, 3D scanning, 3D printing • Media installation Media performance Critical perspectives on art and technology • Cultural aspects of military-industrial technologies, with a concentration on imaging technologies and drone (UAV) technologies, their histories and implications • DIY drone construction and control (hacking drones) • Mapping-related and site-specific art

Gregory A.  Bailey, Associate Professor of Art, Art Department Chair 2014-2015

Gregory A.  Bailey, Associate Professor of Art, Art Department Chair 2014-2015
Sculpture • Mold making and casting • Ceramic shell foundry process • Welding and fabrication • Wood construction • Installation art • Conceptual art

Chris Barnard, Assistant Professor of Art

Chris Barnard, Assistant Professor of Art
Painting • Drawing • Two-dimensional art • Art history • U.S. militarization and imperialism • Critical discourse in contemporary art

Peter Leibert, Professor Emeritus of Art

Peter Leibert, Professor Emeritus of Art
Ceramics • Mixed media sculpture • 3-D foundations

Pamela J.  Marks, Associate Professor of Art

Pamela J.  Marks, Associate Professor of Art  (On sabbatical Fall 2014)
Painting • Drawing • Color studies

Maureen McCabe, Joanne Toor Cummings '50 Professor Emeritus of Art

Maureen McCabe, Joanne Toor Cummings '50 Professor Emeritus of Art
Foundations • Collage and mixed media • Drawing, advanced drawing • Methods

Timothy McDowell, Professor of Art

Timothy McDowell, Professor of Art
Lithography • Woodcut • Monotype • Etching • Engraving and collograph • Cyanotype and photomechanical image making in relation to an experimental drawing course

Denise Pelletier, Professor of Art

Denise Pelletier, Professor of Art  (On sabbatical Spring 2015)
Ceramics • Sculpture • Site-specific art

Andrea Wollensak, Professor of Art, Judith Ammerman '60 Director, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology

Andrea Wollensak, Professor of Art, Judith Ammerman '60 Director, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology
Social design and collaborative community ventures • Mapping and visualizing data • Digital poetics • Site-specific installation works

Student profile

Julia McGinley Julia McGinley


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I knew I wanted to study art, but I also wanted a strong liberal arts education. I was searching for a college where I could be exposed to many avenues of learning, and to a diverse community of individuals with a variety of interests.

Q: Why did you decide to study art?
A: I am fortunate to come from a family of artists who have supported my passion from a young age. The department is what ultimately led me to where I am today. I was drawn to the tight-knit community of faculty and students and felt both challenged and encouraged.

Q: What was your most challenging or rewarding class?
A: Color Theory. The assignments taught me valuable technical skills I’ve applied to all of my art classes. Group projects were an opportunity to practice collaboration, and critiques and discussions were effective and insightful. The demanding coursework improved my time management and prepared me for the self-discipline and work ethic I needed for my independent study and thesis.

Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I went to Cape Town, South Africa, 2014 Design Capital of the World. I was fascinated by its rich social and political history. I took studio art, art history and gender studies courses at the University of Cape Town.

Selected courses

  • Concepts in Three Dimensions
  • Concepts in Digital Process
  • Sculpture Workshop: Beyond the Object
  • Ceramic Sculpture: Moldmaking and Casting
  • Printmaking: Exploration of Imagery through Process
  • Color Studies: Theory and Applications
  • Large Format Painting
  • Sound Art
  • Experimental 3D
  • Science of Art: Rendering Through Optics


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