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About the Department

The Department of Art and Art History at Washington and Lee University, located in newly-constructed Wilson Hall, offers courses in studio art and the history of art. Its program of study includes majors in each of these areas, and a recent surge of student interest has propelled the department into a place among the five most heavily subscribed academic units in the College.

Studio facilities include two sculpture workrooms, a large computer lab, two darkrooms, and five studio/classrooms. Majors take courses in photography (both digital and traditional darkroom), sculpture, painting, drawing, print-making, and computer graphics. Senior majors share a large studio space in which they work independently on their own projects.

Art history classes are intimate – with caps on lecture courses set at 25 – and plentiful, with all courses taught in state-of-the-art facilities in Wilson Hall. Students have access to computer resources in the building, use a digital library of images and information hosted locally by MDID and nationally by ARTstor that exceeds 1,000,000 images, and work closely with faculty and peers in and out of the classroom.

The Department of Art and Art History supports and works in tandem with the Staniar Gallery. Located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, the Gallery stages a variety of public exhibitions and hosts a lecture series for visiting artists. The Gallery’s schedule and slate of events changes annually, as it brings to campus an array of important and challenging images and image-makers who interact with students, faculty, and the greater Lexington community during their stay at Washington and Lee.

The department is comprised of eight full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty, each of whom is either a practicing artist or an engaged scholar. A Visual Resources Curator, a Gallery Director, and adjunct/affiliated faculty round out a dedicated staff who make the Art Department an exceptionally vibrant hub of activity on campus.

For information about academic programs in the Art Department, please review our web pages or contact Professor George Bent at (540) 458-8863 or bentg@wlu.edu.