Wesleyan’s art history program offers both broad and specialized courses in the study of the visual arts from prehistoric to contemporary times, and in media ranging from architecture to contemporary video performance. Students develop their writing, analytical, and research skills in small classes and personal conferences with the art historian. Art students at Wesleyan work under the guidance of supportive faculty who consider it a priority to help each student pursue their individual interests and goals.
The prestigious Lane Scholars Program provides three full-tuition scholarships annually to academically superior first-year applicants for admission whose intended major is in the area of fine arts. Eligible candidates must be invited to compete at Scholarship Day, possess strong academic credentials, and demonstrate their interest and ability to engage in research.
The visiting artist program sponsored by Wesleyan’s Art Department hosts art historians and contemporary artists who exhibit their work and conduct workshops. Regularly sponsored field trips take students to exhibitions at galleries and museums around the State. Each art history major writes a thesis paper on a topic of her choice and presents it to the entire department. Art history students can present their research and ideas in the annual, juried Georgia Undergraduate Art History Forum.
The ample space in our Murphey Art Building houses fully equipped studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, illustration, computer graphics, and graphic design. It also includes an exhibition space used to showcase visiting artists' and students' works.
Porter Fine Arts building features the Cowles Myles Collier Art Galleries. The West Gallery houses Wesleyan’s permanent collection of art and provides research opportunities and internships. The East Gallery features both student art exhibitions and exhibits of regional and national artists.
Our undergraduate students can choose to work as gallery docents, as conservationists, or as gallery assistants, learning the nuts and bolts of working as professionals in commercial galleries or museums.
Wesleyan’s art history majors intern with local businesses and organizations, such as the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Tubman Museum of African American Art. Students have also interned at International Fine Arts Conservation Studio, Cortona, Italy, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Santa Fe Art Museum, The Smithsonian Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
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Of the student population at Wesleyan is international
Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees
Of full time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields
Wesleyan College is privileged to steward many arts and cultural events and share them with the community. Most are free and open to the public. Wesleyan art galleries are open M-F 1:30 – 5:00 PM and on Wesleyan Market Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.View More
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