Art stands at the intersection of culture, politics, religion and philosophy, making it an ideal place from which to understand the liberal arts and the world at large. At Dickinson, the Department of Art & Art History offers students two tracks for study: studio art and art history. Both concentrations foster rigorous, critical investigation through active processes of learning in which students connect historical discourse with an engagement of art from multiple contemporary perspectives.

The senior year capstone experience allows studio and art history majors to pursue intensive, original research in their respective concentrations. Senior studio majors, benefiting from individual studio spaces, each create a body of work for an exhibition in The Trout Gallery accompanied by a museum catalog they create. Senior art history majors undertake advanced scholarly research in co-curating and producing a published museum catalog for an exhibition in the Trout Gallery drawn from works in the college's permanent collection or from work lent by established galleries and museums.

Contact Info


Anthony Cervino Associate Professor of Studio Art

Department Coordinator

Michele Karper






Rm. 226 , Weiss Center for the Arts Mailing Address

Department Gallery

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • One River School of Art + Design  
  • American Folk Art Museum 
  • New York Public Library 
  • Children’s Museum of New York 
  • The Pennsylvania State University 
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art 
  • National Gallery of Art? 
  • National Museum of American History 
  • Michener Museum of Art 
  • Barnes Foundation 
  • Museum of Modern Art 
  • Sotheby's? 

Graduate Schools

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 
  • Cranbrook, Academy of Art 
  • SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) 
  • University College of London, Slade School of Fine Art 
  • Virginia Commonwealth University 
  • New York University, School of Law 
  • McGill University 
  • University of Toronto 
  • Yale University 
  • Harvard University 
  • Rhode Island School of Design 
  • Boston University 
  • MICA (Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art) 
  • PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) 
  • University of Delaware 
  • UPenn 
  • Temple?University 
  • The Courtauld 
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Cardiff University
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • Atlantic Records 
  • The Biscuit Factory 
  • New York Arts Practicum 
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • Whitney Museum of Art 
  • Philadelphia?Fabric Workshop and Museum? 
  • Princeton University Art Museum 
  • Wadsworth Athenaeum 
  • Philadelphia Mural Arts 
  • State Museum of Harrisburg? 
  • Brandywine River Museum of Art 
  • Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc. 
  • Christie’s? 

Department Features

Artist In Residence

This exhibition features work by Will Preman, the 2019 studio-art artist-in-residence. A multidisciplinary artist currently working in Philadelphia. Preman earned a BFA in ceramics and art history from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 and an MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

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Student Perspective

"It is one thing to write a paper for a professor, but writing knowing that your work will be published and read is an entirely new kind of pressure. That said, the seminar remains the most consistently engaging class I have ever taken. While a large portion of the work was original research, that research was then condensed and clarified into wall labels, introductions, and brochures for general reference. We learned how to render information accessible to a diverse audience, a skill which translates into any number of fields post-graduation."

- Fiona Clarke ’19

Art & Art History News

Student Snapshot: Ernest Entsie ’21?

Student Snapshot: Ernest Entsie ’21 

“I love the opportunities Dickinson has provided," says Ernest Entsie ’21, a Ghana native who has studied history in Rwanda, interned in Italy and explored careers in New York City.

Art, Medicine and Disability: Faculty Research Lunch Series Opens With Fresh Look at Freer Collection

Art, Medicine and Disability: Faculty Research Lunch Series Opens With Fresh Look at Freer Collection

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art sheds light on the vision, and, Elizabeth Lee argues, the disability, of Charles L. Freer. And it begs questions about how and why collectors acquire art.

Art & Art History Major Jobs 2020

Art & Art History Major Jobs 2020

Art & art history major secure jobs in marketing, higher education and agriculture.

Residing Inspiration

Residing Inspiration

A look back at 10 years of a dynamic artist-in-residence program and the ways it touches the lives of students, faculty and professional artists alike.

Coronavirus Altered the Processes, Venue and Work, But the Senior Art Exhibition Blazes Ahead

Coronavirus Altered the Processes, Venue and Work, But the Senior Art Exhibition Blazes Ahead

COVID-19 closures forced students to radically rethink their senior art exhibition, midstream. The exhibition, their processes and their artwork reflect the zeitgeist of the extraordinary times.

Fundamentals of Sculpture: A Cardboard Art Exhibition

Fundamentals of Sculpture: A Cardboard Art Exhibition

Students in Associate Professor of Studio Art Anthony Cervino's Fundamentals of Sculpture learn sculpting principles to construct unique and creative artworks using basic household materials.