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The visual arts are rapidly changing and evolving as a result of the development of new techniques and media and because of the ever-changing trends and scholarship. With a strong knowledge base and experience with contemporary and traditional materials and techniques, graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art program are highly prepared for a career in the visual arts.

Students enrolled in the art program at the University of Rio Grande will have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of materials and media, including:

  • Drawing and Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Digital and Darkroom Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Graphic Design
  • Video
  • Digital Imaging

Classroom and studio activities are structured around close personal attention in a family atmosphere. Students get to know the faculty well through extensive one-on-one training and mentorship. Numerous social activities within the department lead to strong bonds that last for years to come after graduation.

Students are expected to develop professional practices from their first semester in the program. Each student documents her or his work and engages in professional development activities including exhibitions, design work, commissions, outreach, curating and student teaching.

Job Opportunities Available With This Degree:

The Art Department offers courses of study to prepare graduates for a variety of careers as professional artists, graphic designers, web designers, private  studio teaching, museum, gallery or curatorial careers, graduate school, and other areas which require a broad spectrum of art related skills. Related fields include publishing, advertising, public relations, game design or animation, commercial photography, art restoration or art therapy.

Jobs Obtained by Recent Graduates

• Museum Preparator, National Air Force Museum
• Art Therapist, Regional Cancer Centers
• High School and Elementary Art Teachers
• Disney Content and Production Manager
• Graphic Designers
• Tattoo Artist
• Ceramics Studio Manager
• Graduate Student
• Printer at Tamarind Institute
• Artists in Private Studio Practice
• Photographers
• Advertising Production
• Small Business Owner

Shane Shanton

Shane Shanton graduated from the University of Rio Grande with a (BFA) Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, in the spring of 2017. Shane utilized his interest in sculpture and past experiences in the Air Force to land a job as an Exhibit Specialist at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, in Dayton, Ohio. In this image he stands in front of the famous “Memphis Bell”, an exhibit he is proud to have had the privilege to help create.

Keri Lawrence

After her graduation from the University of Rio Grande in May 2018, Keri Lawrence moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Keri then took her BFA degree in Art and her love of ceramics to become the Studio Manager at Mid South Ceramics and the Clay Lady Campus, a ceramics education center. Here Keri works with one of many groups of school children she interacts with on a daily basis. Keri is also responsible for many of the technical operations at the center including ordering supplies, glazing ware, and firing kilns.

Emma Lyles

Emma Lyles will attain her BFA from the University of Rio Grande, with a concentration in Pre-Art Therapy, December 2018. Emma is spending her last semester in college as an exchange student at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, Swansea, Wales. Many students at Rio Grande take advantage of the opportunity of a semester in Europe to study in this exchange. During her entire senior year Emma also worked for the Huntington Museum of Art in their Arts in Medicine Program. In this image she works with patients during a chemo infusion treatment at Huntington Cabell Hospital. Emma plans on applying for graduate school after her return from Wales to earn her Master’s in Art Therapy.

Gabe Richmond

Gabe Richmond graduated in May 2018 from the University of Rio Grande with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA). Gabe has a love of drawing and printmaking as well as excellent sculpture and ceramic skills. During his final semester the quality of his artwork helped him to be named as one of six finalists for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, (AICUO) Arts Award. In this image Gabe works with one of his many clients using his talents as a tattoo artist.  He is also in the process of applying to graduate school where he has a goal of achieving his Master’s degree. Gabe would some day like to teach at a university.

Klaire Smith

Klaire Smith graduated in May 2016 from the University of Rio Grande with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA). While she was a student, she completed a number of special projects such as Provost’s Academic Excellence Initiatives, travel to Fine Art Printmaking conference in Detroit, Master Workshops at the Huntington Museum of Art and various visiting artist workshops at Rio. Following her graduation, she completed a one-year graduate study certificate at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM. Currently she is working as a free-lance graphic designer, cook and artist in Portsmouth OH, as well as conducting workshops in area schools.

Travel

Additionally, there are many opportunities for school-sponsored student travel.

In recent years, the art department has visited dozens of museums in cities such as:

 

  • Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy
  • New York City, NY
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Huntington, WV
  • Columbus, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
Art New York

A group of Rio Students explore New York City on the annual Art Department trip. Here we sit in front of St. John the Divine’s Cathedral. One of the largest cathedrals in the world.

Art Soup Bowl Project

Rio Grande ceramic students recently enjoyed a bowl of homemade soup in class. Students and faculty brought in all the ingredients as well as biscuits and desserts. The only rule was you had to have made the bowl you were eating from. A good time was had by all.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Art Department is to prepare students for a lifelong vocation or avocation in a variety of visual arts media.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, students will be able to:

  • Create a cohesive body of work within the chosen area of concentration.
  • Demonstrate formal and technical proficiency in their area of study.
  • Exhibit and document their work and experiences professionally.
  • Explain the historical, cultural and conceptual aspects of their work.
  • Conduct independent research in the arts.

Facilities

The Rio Grande John W. Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center opened in 1981. A signature glass atrium introduces visitors to the Center and serves as an entry to the 500 seat state-of-the-art Alphus R. Christensen Theatre. The theatre hosts numerous university and community productions and serves as a cultural hub to residents in a five-county area of Southern Ohio and West Virginia.

Within the Center, the Art Department houses a Mac computer lab with Adobe software for web and print production, a large scale color printer, a fully equipped darkroom and multi- purpose classrooms.

The Esther Allen Greer Museum houses a 3,000 square foot exhibition space, museum prep room for framing and preparing artwork for display, multi-purpose classrooms and the University Archives. Among the museum’s holdings are numerous prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture comprising the Brooks Jones Endowment Collection. 

The Art Annex was constructed in 1997. This 10,000 square foot building houses equipment and dedicated space for woodworking, metalworking, stone carving, printmaking, drawing, painting, hand building and wheel throwing ceramics, as well as a number of kilns and a foundry.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a professional degree with greater major course requirements than a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The BFA is designed primarily for students who are interested in professional art production, print or web design, private school or studio teaching, museum, gallery or curatorial work, graduate school, and other areas in which an extensive visual arts background would be an asset or a necessity.

The University of Rio Grande awards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art with one of four concentrations: General Fine Arts, Two-Dimensional Art, Three-Dimensional Art, and Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art – General Fine Arts Concentration (1750)

The General Fine Arts Concentration is designed for students who want to work in a variety of two and three dimensional media.

DescriptionCredits

General Education

39

BFA students are not required to complete a Group 1 Humanities course, as ART 15404 Western Art History I will substitute.

Major Area required courses

Studio Core

DescriptionCredits

ART 24504 Sculpture I

4

ART 23504 Ceramics I

4

Select one from the following two courses

ART 26604 Darkroom Photography I

ART 26904 Digital Photography I or

Total one course, four credit hours

4

ART 38504 Drawing II

4

ART 28604 Painting I

4

ART 21504 Printmaking I

4

ART 48501 Senior Exhibit

1

Total Studio Core hours

25
DescriptionCredits

Total major area hours

78

Personal elective hours

9

Total required hours for degree

126

Associate of Arts - Visual Art (1721)

DescriptionCredits

General Education

39

BFA students are not required to complete a Group 1 Humanities course, as ART 15404 Western Art History I will substitute.

Major Area required courses

DescriptionCredits

ART 10403 Two-Dimensional Design

3

ART 12403 Drawing I

3

ART 12301 Art Portfolio

1

Select one from the following two courses

ART 15404 Western Art History I

ART 25404 Western Art History II

Total one course, four credit hours

4

ART 10503 Three-Dimensional Design

3

ART 23201 Exhibits

1

ART 20104 Raster Graphics

4

Eight hours of ART courses at the 20000 level

8

Total major area hours

27

Total required hours for degree

66

Bachelor of Arts or Science – Minor in Art (1730)

DescriptionCredits

General Education must include:

ART 10303 (TM) Art Appreciation

3

Total General Education hours

42-45

Minor Area required courses

15

Note: 15-18 hours of ART courses, at least 33% of which must be at the 30000/40000 level.

Major and elective hours

63-69

Total required hours for degree

126

Faculty

Faculty are active professionals in their discipline. Each of the three full-time faculty hold terminal degrees from accredited institutions, and average 23 years of college teaching experience and over 100 exhibitions. Faculty skills cover a wide range of specializations, and share common skills and attitudes. All the faculty are active in assessment of student learning, and continually update course materials to incorporate new technologies, materials, contemporary art trends, and developments in pedagogical research.

Research

With the support of the Office of Academic Affairs, there are numerous opportunities for student research and publication/exhibition. In recent years, students have worked side-by-side on Provost’s Academic Excellence initiatives such as:

  • A three-panel installation in Rio’s board room including six students and three faculty that included painting, drawing, photography, cast paper and glass sculpture.
  • An animated film.
  • A trip to a printmaking conference where students participated in open portfolio reviews in Missouri.

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