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.

Brian Ransom and Alumni

Sound Sculptures, and Recent Works by Former Students

dirigible - ceramic sound sculpture by Brian Ransom

January 29 – March 13
Opening Reception Sunday January 29, 3-5pm
Alumni Weekend Reception Friday March 10, 7:00pm
Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, 10:30 - 4:30

Photographer Parish Kohanim

Canon Explorer of Light

Jenna Tuscany - digital photography by Parish Kohanim

Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 pm
Miller Auditorium

Ward Shelley ‘72

“Well-Made World”
Recent Works and Collaborations

Reactor House - Collaboration with Alex Schweder by Ward Shelley

Saturday, March 11, 6:00 pm
Miller Auditorium

Residential Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Works by Visual and Interdisciplinary Arts Seniors

Persistence by Eva Chrysochoou

March 19-24  Sawyer Gardner / Terry Thompson
(March 26-31 Spring Break)
April 2-7  Eva Chrysochoou
April 9-14   Amber Hull  / Kohei Sawanobori
Gallery Talks each Wednesday at 3:15 pm
Cobb Gallery

Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, 10:30 - 4:30

The Sophomore Show

Visual Arts Major Portfolio Qualifying Exhibition

April 16-21
Opening Reception Sunday, April 16, 3-5pm
Cobb Gallery

Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, 10:30 - 4:30

Museum Lab Class Exhibition

Curated by Marshall Rousseau’s Museum Lab Class

April 23 - May 5  
Opening Reception Sunday, April 23, 3-5pm
Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, 10:30 - 4:30

The Eckerd Review

The Exhibition

May 8-12
Reading and Visual Arts Reception TBA
Cobb Gallery

Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, 10:30 - 4:30