The studio art curriculum introduces students to the fundamentals through courses in drawing, design, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and art history. Art majors select an area of specialization in one of the studio disciplines. The major culminates in a capstone course in which seniors learn to craft a portfolio and, under the personal guidance of a professor, make a final, original body of artwork.
The Shearer Art Building, named for Transylvania’s former president, provides an abundance of natural light and includes numerous specialty spaces for such functions as canvas frame and stretcher building, plaster and clay mixing for sculpture and ceramics, and light and backdrop staging for photography. Glaze and raku kilns for firing ceramic work are located outdoors adjacent to the building. Faculty studios near the classrooms create an easy transition from theory to application and provide students with access to their instructors in a productive, professional context. Art faculty members maintain an active, high profile in regional and national arenas and openly share these experiences with students.
Transylvania art students have a variety of opportunities to meet and interact with contemporary artists and art professionals. For example, the Morlan Gallery frequently brings in artists, curators, and critics, such as noted art critic Eleanor Heartney and South African artist Berni Searle, as well as local favorite Robert Morgan. The art faculty regularly feature guest artists for demonstrations, lectures, and critiques. And classes like Community Engagement Through the Arts intentionally seek out creative partnerships with local artists, writers, and thinkers.
Some of our recent guest artists and lecturers include: Mario Logston, Mel Zeigler, Dr. Kuiyi Shen, Valerie Fuchs, Tom Bartel, Frank Döring, Guy Mendes, Evan Fugazzi (right), Lori Larusso, and Derrick Riley.