Skip to:Main Content

Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University Campus Image

Studio Art


There are no scheduled events at this time.Master Calendar

Featured in the W&L curriculum for almost sixty years, the Art Studio program hosts a vibrant community of creators who specialize in the communication of ideas through visual forms. Among the techniques taught are those of oil and acrylic painting; sculpture in clay, wood, welded metal, and mixed-media materials; digital, traditional and alternative photography; and a variety of printmaking processes. Faculty both produce their own work for juried exhibitions and train undergraduates to think and to work as artists in the professional world.

Wilson Hall’s new facilities offer state-of-the-art studios for all students, and feature a separate space set aside for senior art majors to produce a body of work for their thesis projects. Because each studio contains large windows looking out onto the scenic Woods Creek basin, these teaching and working areas are well-lit and take full advantage of the surrounding landscape that has made the Shenandoah Valley so famous.

Due to the nature of studio courses, enrollments for introductory-level classes are limited and the bar of expectations is set quite high: this means, of course, that students active in the art program at W&L benefit from close interactions with faculty and frequently develop strong ties to their teachers and to their student peers. They also work long hours, learn to receive constructive criticism, and get their hands dirty.

Department News

  • these wild ecstasies (for A Siskin), 2010, 14.5 x 22 inches, waxed cyanotypeStaniar Gallery to Present Alternative Photographic Processes Exhibit at W&L
    Washington and Lee University's Staniar Gallery is pleased to present Tell Me Again the World Will Be Beautiful, an exhibit of works by photographer Alyssa Salomon. The show will be on view until May 23.
  • jog-winners1W&L Announces Winners of 2014 Johnson Opportunity Grants
    Washington and Lee University has announced the first round of students selected to receive 2014 Johnson Opportunity Grants, and the second round of selections is underway.
  • Sarah-Jean VallonW&L's Sarah-Jean Vallon Awarded Fellowship for Study in Germany
    Sarah-Jean Vallon, a senior mass communications major and studio art minor from Hewlett, N.Y., has received a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) fellowship. Competition for CBYX fellowships is highly competitive. Vallon was chosen from a pool of 700 applicants following interviews in February.
  • Melissa KerinW&L's Kerin Receives ACLS Fellowship to Study Tibetan Shrines
    Melissa Kerin, assistant professor of art history at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship for a year of supported research leave in 2014-15.
  • Staniar Gallery Exhibits Senior Art Projects
    Washington and Lee University's studio art majors will present their senior projects in an exhibition that opens in Staniar Gallery on March 24. The show will be up through April 8 with an opening reception for the artists in Lykes Atrium, Wilson Hall, on Thursday, March 27, at 4 p.m. Each spring, Staniar Gallery showcases […]
Subscribe via RSS