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Kathleen Nolan
Professor, Chair, Art
(540) 362-6376

Hollins University
P.O. Box 9583
Roanoke, VA 24020

Texture, line, shape, color, light: Making art at Hollins

The Fiske Guide to Colleges lauds Hollins as one of only 15 small universities strong in art. The department has one of the most comprehensive programs offered at a small university. The strength of the program lies in the unwavering commitment of its faculty to teaching and creating opportunities for students, who thrive in small classes and present their work in student exhibitions.


You'll build on a strong foundation

The studio art major provides students a foundation from which they can build careers as practicing artists or enter art-related fields. The major provides a curriculum that emphasizes the mastery of basic skills in a variety of media as well as conceptual development critical to continued growth as an artist.

You'll follow a sequence that begins with introductory courses and culminates in the completion of a yearlong senior project, pieces of which are shown in the senior exhibition each spring. Studio courses are complemented by the study of art history and a strong cocurricular program that includes an active exhibition season and internship and study abroad opportunities.


Active artist-in-residence program

Exhibiting artists are frequently brought to campus to discuss their work, conduct workshops, and visit classes. In addition, the Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence endowment brings to campus each year a nationally recognized artist who produces work while in residence and teaches a special term-long seminar.