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Studio Art

In the studio art program at Rollins, you do more than master technique—you explore new creative strategies, practice focused and sustained engagement, and tackle important conceptual and social issues. Each day, you exercise not only your artistic passion, but also develop expertise in communication, problem solving, and strategic thinking.

A major in studio art will prepare you for a broad range of professional endeavors after graduation. With ample opportunities to engage in research and production of advanced studio artwork, you’ll learn transferable professional practices that are highly sought after by an array of employers—including critical and creative thinking, cultural fluency, and the skills to work effectively both individually and collaboratively.

Why Study Studio Art at Rollins

Individualized Instruction

You’ll refine skills and techniques under the guidance and mentorship of professional artists in small classroom settings.

Access to Important Collections

You’ll have an opportunity to exhibit at Rollins’ nationally recognized museum and engage with the growing Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art.

A Broad Educational Environment

As an artist at Rollins, you’ll draw from an interdisciplinary liberal arts educational experience to create critical and creative work.

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Grace Loescher
“Arguably the most valuable thing the studio art major taught me is the ability to ‘think critically.’ I use quotations here because I don’t mean just ‘think critically’ in the way all higher education classes require, but I mean dig and push and stretch at a subject until you can literally turn a concept into an entirely original physical form. There are rules an artist must learn and at the same time learn to break.”

Grace Loescher ’14

Program Director, Waking the Village; Director of the Creation District

Rollins Studio Art Careers

Rollins studio art grads are prepared for success both in and outside the art world.

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Andrew Cohen ’10

Architectural Designer, Stantec

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Airam Dato-On '13

Graphic Designer, Rollins College

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David Matteson '15 '18MBA

Associate Curator of Education & Outreach, Orlando Museum of Art

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Leah Sandler '14

Contributing Art & Culture Writer, Orlando Weekly

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Mary (Nicole) Weedo '14

Activity Director, Pacific Heights Transitional Care Center

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Betsy Johnson '15

Recent MFA Graduate, University of Illinois Chicago

Real World Experience

From community engagement courses to internships, studio art students hone their skills in the real world.

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Popular Courses

While developing critical and creative thinking, visual literacy, and innovative problem solving, our diverse portfolio of courses address varying thematic content through a variety of media and processes such as painting, drawing, printmaking, digital photography, video, sculpture, and performance.

ART 221
Drawing and Composition

Expand your drawing skills with an emphasis on form and concept, and examine universal and personal themes in contemporary drawing.

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ART 223
Graphic Design I

Learn the concepts and techniques associated with digital-based design, with an emphasis on problem solving, research, and idea generation. Develop technical skills using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign commercial software applications.

ART 310
Introduction to Video Art

Examine the medium of digital video with a primary focus on locating video art in contemporary fine arts context while tracing its historical development coinciding with feminist, performance and conceptual art movements of the 1960s to present day emphases on gender and the body, as well as post-colonial considerations of identity and representation.

ART 251
Painting I

Practice and refine oil and acrylic painting techniques while developing compositional and conceptual language through intensive studio work, individual and group critiques, and solo research.

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ART 391
Screen Printing

Create a portfolio of screen prints based on a concept of your choosing through a variety of digital, photographic, and hand-drawn imaging techniques.

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ART 350
Contemporary Art and Theory: Research and Process

Study seminal critical-theory texts and how they relate to the practice of studio art, covering everything from Marxist critique to socially engaged art and media theory.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Studio Art Major

“I love my major because of our department’s amazing professors. Dawn Roe is an irreplaceable mentor who showers me with endless intellect and support. I also love Rollins’ Cornell Fine Arts Museum, which is truly the best museum in Orlando and an incredible resource for both artists and art historians.”

Christine Cole ’20

Studio art and art history double major

Beyond the Classroom

Bonner Leaders Program At Rollins, we’re always nurturing our students’ calls to service, and service through art is no exception. Through this premier service-focused cohort program, Meredith Ewen ’19 created a framework to help guide her social-practice studio-art projects and performative works.

Study Abroad Well-traveled artists make better artists. Elizabeth Shugart ’19’s experience in Iceland led her to develop a series of mixed-media prints that informed both her environmental studies and studio art major capstone projects.

Community Interaction Rollins provides students with the opportunity to experience how what they’re learning can benefit the larger community. Professor Dawn Roe’s Conceptual Documentary Practice course, for example, allows majors and non-majors to produce ethically aware photography projects intended to contribute to current and future conversations within and about our neighboring Hannibal Square community as it faces rapid gentrification.

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Expert Faculty

At Rollins, you learn from academic, working artists who maintain active studio practices and regularly exhibit their work in national and international galleries, museums, and nonprofit venues. Their scholarship also includes presentations at academic conferences, public art projects and commissions, and frequent participation in artist residencies and workshops.

Department of Art & Art History
Cornell Fine Arts Center
1000 Holt Ave. – 2774
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2498
F. 407.628.6395

Visit the Department of Art & Art History Website

Contact Studio Art Professors

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Dana Hargrove, MFA

Professor of Art

Research interests: Painting and mixed media; ideas that frame perceptions of the land and our sense of place and space

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Dawn Roe, MFA

Professor of Art

Research interests: Photography and time-based media; site-responsive projects engaging with temporality, memory, and perception in relation to the camera image

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Rachel Simmons, MFA

Professor of Art

Research interests: Screen printing and relief printmaking, mixed media, drawing, and book arts; connecting curriculum and community through socially engaged practice