Professional Development Workshop
Faculty in both studio art and art history provide annual career workshops for
art majors and other students interested in art and related fields. A panel of
art faculty cover professional development topics including:
- • Preparing a quality portfolio for job or graduate school
- • Entering juried exhibitions and grant competitions
- • Exploring art-related fields
- • Applying to graduate school in art and related fields
- • Considering internships and artist residencies
- • Studying abroad
Bloomsburg Art Department alumni are often presenters at these workshops.
This extends the learning experience to another country where the student
can learn abou its culture and art firsthand. The department has offered study
abroad courses in Italy during the summer. For information about study abroad
programs available through other institutions for transfer credit during the
summer or the academic year, see www.studyabroad.com. Dr. Sperling is
available to talk with you about taking classes abroad.
Students participate in many activities that enrich and expand the classroom
experience. In addition to trips to New York City and Washington, D.C.,
galleries and museums, the Haas Gallery brings several artists to campus
each semester to show their work and to meet and talk with students.
The department operates the Haas Gallery of Art, which features exhibitions
of varied art forms throughout the year. A special exhibition of student artwork
is held annually, and an exhibition organized and planned by students in the
art gallery course is held in the spring of each year. The department of art
maintains an extensive permanent art collection of more than 400 pieces with
works displayed throughout the campus.
Student Art Association
The SAA is a student-run organization that sponsors art-related events such as the
yearly, juried Student Art Exhibition and workshops by visiting artists. Fund raising
projects have included the sale of calenders featuring student art work, hand made
scarves, and christmas fine art sales. Meetings are a good way to commune with
other student artists and art historians. The faculty co-advisors for the group are
interim professors Heath Patten and Lisa von Koch.
Department Bus Trips
The department organizes bus trips each semester to major art centers such
as New York, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, to facilitate student visits
to galleries, museums, alternative spaces and to experience other relevant
cultural events. This is an excellent opportunity to experience great art in
person. Check with the department fo more information.
Art department faculty members assess the achievements of studio art majors
during annual reviews. The portfolio reviews are also a chance for students
to hear from a group of professors across disciplines, and reflect on their own
progress as young artists. Students are encouraged to support their peers by
attending (when class schedules allow) the review critiques of their fellow art
majors. Senior portfolio reviews are held in the fall term, and Sophomore and
Junior reviews are held in spring.
Graduating seniors in studio art are expected to hold an exit show of work
from their concentration. Some students choose to mount solo shows in
campus venues such as the Multi-Cultural Center or Old Science Hall Lobby,
while others use off-campus art exhibiting sites. All seniors are given the
opportunity to participate in a group Senior Exit Show, which is held during
the last two weeks of each term in the Haas Art Gallery. Students who
mount a solo show are still invited to participate in the group show in Haas.
A great way to get practical experience is through an internship in an area
of interest. Our students have worked in galleries, photo studios, Geisinger
Medical Center, The Press Enterprise, WNEP-TV, Allentown Art Museum, Disney
Studios and the Bloomsburg Public Schools. Normally, internships take place
during the summer, but many can also be taken with regular course work during the academic year.