Graduate Studies

Department of Art

Some academic departments and colleges do not provide a major at the graduate level. However, these departments or colleges do offer courses for graduate credit. Permission to use these courses in a degree program must be obtained from the appropriate Departmental Graduate Committee.

Chairperson:  Charles A. Wright
Office:  Garwood Hall 32
Telephone: (309) 298-1549 Fax: (309) 298-2605

Graduate Faculty

  • Janece Clough, M.F.A., University of Wisconsin
  • Susan Czechowski, M.F.A., Syracuse University
  • Charles A. Wright, M.F.A., Washington University

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Keith Holz, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • William Howard, M.F.A., Colorado State University
  • Jenny Knavel, M.F.A., University of Wisconsin
  • Julie Mahoney, M.F.A., Wayne State University
  • Damon McArthur, M.F.A., The American University
  • Kathleen Myers, M.F.A., Miami University
  • Tim Waldrop, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • Bruce Walters, M.F.A., University of Wisconsin

Associate Professors

  • Brett Eberhardt, M.F.A., Syracuse University
  • Terry Rathje, M.F.A., University of Iowa

Assistant Professor

  • Ta-Teh Ku, Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington

Course Descriptions

Art Education (ARTE)

438G Art in Secondary Education. (3, repeatable to 9) Reading, research, discussion, and evaluation of high school art curricula, with a focus on the needs of the students. Prerequisite: ART 339.

439G High School Art Methods. (3) Students are involved in selecting those learning objectives and situations which emanate from a meaningful art curriculum for the secondary school student. Prerequisites: ART 101, 102, 361, or 360/460, or permission of the instructor.

461G Arts and Crafts for Special Education. (3) A course designed to acquaint the teacher or counselor with the theory and practice of presenting art and crafts experiences that are therapeutically and/or educationally applicable to the physically, mentally, and emotionally disabled.

Art History (ARTH)

485G Research in Art History. (3, repeatable to 9) An intensive study of a special area of art history selected with the instructor. Prerequisite: Written permission of the instructor.

These courses in art history are designed to give students an opportunity for specialized study in specific areas of the history of art. Such courses may deal with a significant artist and his/her times, with a significant movement, or with significant developments in the history of art. Material covered may not be the same each time the course is offered. Instructors are assigned on the basis of their specialized knowledge, and enrollment is limited since the courses are conducted as seminars. These courses are repeatable, but with permission of the instructor to prevent duplication of coverage. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

496G History of Contemporary Art. (3) A survey of post-WWII developments in the visual arts. The primary focus is upon Western art, but attention is also paid to developments in Asian, African, and Latin American countries. The central interpretive ideas and concerns for the course will be drawn from contemporary theory and criticism.

Art Studio (ARTS)

440G Studio Problems in Drawing. (1–3) Individual problems in drawing selected with the instructor at registration. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

452G Studio Problems in Painting. (1–3) Assignments will be given individually based on previous efforts and will be directed toward the expansion of an idea and the content/subject matter. The course continues to investigate materials and techniques. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

495G Professional Practices in the Arts. (3) A seminar capstone course devoted to the development of professional practices in preparation for entry into the contemporary art world. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.