The Art Department comprises areas of emphasis in both studio art and art history, and covers a wide range of courses within both areas. The student in studio art courses will find small classes, with a lot of individualized attention from the professors, and interaction among fellow students in critiques. The studio art major features a unique four-semester seminar culminating in an exhibition of graduating seniors’ work. These students have dedicated studio space allotted to them to allow them to realize their individual studio art goals. The exhibition is a point of pride for the department; the art majors organize and carry out the entire undertaking under supervision from the gallery director, from publicity, organizing and hanging the show, setting up lighting, coordinating the reception, and finally enjoying the fruits of their labors.
Students who have majored and minored in art at PC have gone on to graduate work at noteworthy institutions such as New York University, Florida State University, Tulane University, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and others. They pursue careers in teaching, graphic design, art auctioning, historic preservation, and other fields such as well as architecture, medicine, and law.
The art program provides a wide array of courses for the major and for the non-major alike. Courses in many media are taught using traditional and new media and technologies to provide the breadth and depth necessary to ensure that the art experience at Presbyterian College enhances the mission of a liberal arts institution, while training students in the practice of art production.