The major aims to further strengthen what has already been a long standing asset of the department’s ﬁne arts studio studies in painting and printmaking.
“We are excited to have the new painting printmaking major, particularly for students who are curious about the interface between painting and printmaking. This major brings a new dynamic to our program,” says professor Kathleen Dugan, who teaches painting and art history courses.
According to the vision statement for the new major, painting+printmaking “engages students in a structured and creative studio environment in which students can freely ask questions, develop critical thinking skills, and take creative risks to explore their calling as Christian artists.”
The painting+printmaking major is designed to offer greater depth of study and more professional development — components that will make the major distinctive to Anderson University. The major comprises 54 hours of coursework and offers ﬁve new courses. These courses will include advanced studies in painting and printmaking, a new course for contemporary art and design history and theory, preparation for professional practice, and a practicum experience.
In the practicum experience, students will advance their knowledge of professional practice and develop their studio experience by working in collaboration with a professional studio artist. “The practicum experience is a distinctive feature not frequently found in studio practice studies,” says Kevin Rudynski, professor of art, “and the addition of focused professional preparation coursework will be a competitive advantage for our graduates.”
The painting+printmaking major will also continue to build upon the current strength and success of the two-dimensional studio areas. The department houses a comprehensive printmaking studio with capabilities for intaglio (etching), stone and plate lithography, silkscreen and letterpress. A traditional darkroom also provides the opportunity to explore photographic techniques used in printmaking, and the design studio enables students to incorporate digital processes to develop printed imagery.
All art majors have access to personal studio spaces, which facilitate peer collaboration and help students develop an independent work ethic. Faculty also connect students with study abroad and summer study programs, which provide an experience of depth that complements their liberal arts experience at AU.
“[The summer study programs] allow students to focus on art only,” explains Dugan. “They meet peers from other programs, and they are exposed to a lot of visiting artists who come through. The level of engagement is quite high; students really thrive from that kind of exposure.”
And she adds, “when they go, they see that we provide them with a solid foundation.”
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.