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.
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.
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.
Works by Latin American Artists
Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection
January 3 – 28, 2022
Figures and Faces
Works from the Permanent Collection
January 6 – 28, 2022
Jim Crane: Paintings and Collages
Works from the Jim and Heidi Crane Collection
January 10 – March 4, 2022
Landscape of Human Skins
Mixed-Media Paintings by Kirk Ke Wang
February 7 – April 1, 2022
Neverne Covington '77
Recent Paintings, Drawings and Prints
February 7 – March 18, 2022
The Sophomore Show
Visual Arts Major Portfolio Exhibition
March 7 - April 1, 2022
Senior Thesis Exhibitions
Visual and Interdisciplinary Arts
January 30 – May 13, 2022
The Eckerd Review
May 2 - 6, 2022