We are learners and teachers dedicated to the creation, interpretation, and encouragement of the visual arts through the study of art education, art history, and studio art.
We develop our abilities to appreciate, comprehend, and assess the myriad forms of artistic expression in the past, present, and future.
The Daniel Vollmer Scholarship is for outstanding students in the visual arts. This scholarship is awarded to incoming first year students. The scholarship recognizes students who have shown talent and promise in the visual arts during their high school years.
Students in the Department of Visuals create a wide range of vibrant work in a variety of mediums and media. Our courses focus on developing and refining both technical and conceptual skills, so every student has the opportunity to discover their own artistic voice and stylistic direction. Students create a bodies of creative work for public exhibition and professional portfolios.
As a student in the Department of Visual Arts, you will study the best of the past and the present in both art history and studio courses. You will learn to make connections between what you are studying in your major and in your liberal arts courses and you will develop the ideas and the skills necessary for a mature work as an artist, educator or historian.
The Aughinbaugh Gallery features new exhibitions on a monthly basis that are designed to be of interest to the campus and community. The artwork displayed is created by nationally recognized artists, Messiah’s art faculty, and our students.
The department is ready to serve the aspiring artist with 11 dedicated studio/ classroom spaces that are well equipped with appropriate tools and technology. Along with these dedicated rooms seniors have studio spaces in The Warehouse, a dedicated studio facility with keyed access to 24/7.
Many Messiah College graduates have careers at galleries, graphic design firms, Internet businesses, product design and publishing companies, while others have become freelance artists. Art Education majors are certified to teach grades K-12 and find employment in a variety of school settings both public and private.
Get in Touch
Get to know the Department of Visual Arts by scheduling a personalized tour with one of our talented art majors and/or accomplished faculty. Allow us to walk you through our well-outfitted studios, dynamic gallery, and introduce you to the students, faculty, and culture that make up our thriving department. For tours, information packs, events, or to attend one of our open house days, please contact Paul Morgan (Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment), or Christine Forsythe (Department Chair).