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.

Galleries open Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Print by Eric Avery

Eric Avery: Art, Medicine, and Human Rights

Prints from the Collection of Dr. Jane Petro '68
January 11- February 16
Cobb Gallery

Hodgell print

Hodgell Abroad

Dacca, Hong Kong and London, 1961-1971
January 29 – March 5
Nielsen Center Frances Cady Elliott Gallery

Sculpture by Jason Hackenwerth

Jason Hackenwerth: Levitant

A Balloon Sculpture
February 9 – March 16
Nielsen Center Main Gallery

silver print and red thread

Student Works: 1964-2017

Selections from the Permanent Collection
February 25 – April 20
Cobb Gallery
Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sophomore Show

Visual Arts Portfolio Exhibition
April 1 - 6
Cobb Gallery
Opening Reception Sunday, April 1, 4 – 6pm

Visual & Interdisciplinary Arts
Senior Thesis Exhibitions

March 11 - 16 Keeli Armitage
March 25 - 30 TBA
April 1 - 6 Rachael MacDonald
April 8 - 13 Nadya Lyapunova
April 15 - 20 Sorella Andersen
April 22 - 27 Maddee Dailey
April 29 - May 4 Zoe Turtle
May 6 - 10 Nick Schulz

April 28 Kaity Hamill, Bininger Theatre - Time TBA
Opening Receptions Sundays, 3 - 5 p.m.
Nielsen Center Frances Cady Elliott Gallery

digital graphics

Telling Stories

Works from the Permanent Collection
Co-sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Life
March 25 – May 4
Nielsen Center Main Gallery

monoprint

The Eckerd Review

The Exhibition
May 7 – 11
Cobb Gallery

Collage