The Program

Majoring in Visual Arts at Eckerd

We are a small liberal arts college art department, with all the advantages that come with the breadth of education that the liberal arts offer, and the intimacy of a smaller, more personal working environment. As a college we seek to educate the whole person, and as a department we seek to raise each student’s awareness of his/her own creative potential. The qualities we possess that our students routinely claim to value most are our accessibility as teachers and mentors, and the climate of freedom we provide.

The media we offer include but are by no means limited to drawing, painting, photography (both digital and film), ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and video. In the spirit of encouraging self-motivation, independent study is available for advanced students who wish to pursue any given medium. We also have available as many as twenty semi-private studio spaces for qualified students, accessible 24 x 7.

Student using wood block for printmaking

At the end of their four-year experience our majors are expected to put on a full gallery exhibition, either as a solo- or as a two-person show. We expect each senior to work in a sustained manner while developing a coherent body of work in one or more media, to demonstrate the ability to organize and professionally present this work, and to demonstrate the ability to write and speak articulately about her or his art.

At any given time within the past several years we have had in our midst about fifty visual arts majors in our residential program. Some take advantage of our liberal arts setting and plan from early on to double major in art and “something else.” It’s also possible to have a visual arts emphasis within a relatively new major: Interdisciplinary Arts.

Hidden Treasures and Recent Acquisitions V

Works from Eckerd College’s Permanent Collection

An Etching and a Lithograph for Editions Alecto 1973, etching and lithograph (1973) by David Hockney

September 3 – October 27
Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, 10:30 - 4:30

The 9th Annual IA Show

The Interdisciplinary Arts Junior Portfolio Exhibition

ceramics by Kaitlyn Hamill

October 29 – November 3
Opening Reception Sunday Oct. 29, 3-5pm
Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, 10:30 - 4:30

Thursday Night Live

Figure Drawings by Eckerd’s Thursday Night Model Artists

Krystal by Dean Fortune

November 5 – December 8
Opening Reception Sunday November 5, 3-5pm
Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, 10:30 - 4:30
Gallery closed during Thanksgiving break

Senior Thesis Exhibition

Kim Brincklow (PEL) and Rebecca Kessel: Paintings

December 10 - 15
Opening Reception Sunday December 10, 3-5pm
Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, 10:30 - 4:30

Painting by Kim Brincklow