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.

The Nielsen Center for Visual Arts viewed at night with exhibition in gallery visible

Visitors enjoy an exhibition in the main gallery of the Nielsen Center for Visual Arts.

Photo (above) by Vic Richardson ’15

Gallery hours Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday Night Live
Figure Drawing at Eckerd: Thirteen Local Artists
September 1 - October 11
NCVA Elliott Gallery

Cynthia R. Dill, watercolor

Hidden Treasures VIII
Highlights from the Last of the Mystery Crates
September 1 - November 22
NCVA Main Gallery

Eduardo Paolozzi
General Dynamics, F. U. N.
September 1 - 27
Cobb Gallery


The 11th Annual IA Show
Interdisciplinary Arts Junior Portfolio Exhibition
September 29 - October 4
Cobb Gallery

Visual & Interdisciplinary Arts Faculty Exhibition
Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Music, Theatre and Film
October 6 - November 27
Cobb Gallery

Kirk Palmer ’10
Talismans for the Glitter Thief
October 13 – November 22
Elliott Gallery at the Nielsen Center for Visual Arts

Visual Arts Senior Thesis Exhibitions
Hunter Pressley, Margot Levey, and Caterina Nicolau
December 1 – 6
NCVA Main Gallery and Cobb Gallery

The Nearly-Annual Christmas Show & Sale
Ceramics, Paintings, Calligraphy, Photography and More
December 1 - 6
Nielsen Center for Visual Arts at Eckerd College
Elliott Gallery