"If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him." John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Art is not simply an activity done by artists. It is a phenomenon that shapes perception, embodies emotion, communicates attitudes and expands the boundaries of human experience. Artistic expression is a foundation upon which human individuality rests and is a prime difference between a conformist society and a creative community of free people.
Governors State University's undergraduate major in art offers a wide range of courses that enable you to become an emerging artist with skills in diverse materials, capable of expressing an individual view. Studio courses include painting, drawing, design, ceramics, printmaking, photography, digital imaging and sculpture. Classes in art history treat art objects as historical documents related in subject, style, technique and material to other works of art and interpret their context and purpose.
Faculty members, who are teachers as well as producing and exhibiting artists and publishing scholars, provide individualized instruction and academic advising.
You will gain the broad intellectual background sought by professional schools, cultural institutions and the business community. GSU offers a superior educational opportunity at an affordable tuition rate without sacrificing the professional quality of its programs. GSU's outstanding faculty and real-world curriculum prepare graduates to meet the demands of the future.
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Dr. Lisa Davis-Smith