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
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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“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.”
Rollins Studio Art Careers
Rollins studio art grads are prepared for success both in and outside the art world.
Andrew Cohen ’10
Architectural Designer, Stantec
Airam Dato-on '13
Creative Director, EightySix Media
David Matteson '15 '18MBA
Associate Curator of Education & Outreach, Orlando Museum of Art
Leah Sandler '14
Contributing Art & Culture Writer, Orlando Weekly
Mary (Nicole) Weedo '14
Activity Director, Pacific Heights Transitional Care Center
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Virtual Tour: Cornell Fine Arts Museum
As a studio art major at Rollins, you’ll have the opportunity to curate and create professional exhibitions at our on-campus fine arts museum.
Take a deeper dive into our studio art major by exploring our creative spaces and seeing our graduates in action.
May 10, 2019
Behind the scenes of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum exhibition that gives graduating studio art majors the real-world experience they need to make an immediate impact in the art world.
November 16, 2018
Grace Loescher ’14 is combining her arts and theater background with a passion for social justice to impact the lives of young people in Sacramento.
May 24, 2018
Rachel Simmons ’97’s printmaking studio is a hotbed of collaborative creation.
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
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
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
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