At Millsaps, you can choose a creative approach and major in studio art, a critical approach and major in art history, or a complementary double major in both studio art and art history. You can earn either a B.S. or B.A., or opt to minor in studio art, digital arts, or art history.
A variety of forms of creative expression are explored in studio art classes, and you will learn to set each within its broader cultural context. In the course of work to earn a studio art major or minor, you will develop a voice and a vision—a new mode of seeing and a new form of communication that involves both a deeper connection and a widened perspective.
The art history program will enrich your understanding of the art of Western civilization by setting it within its broader social and cultural context, and by considering the variety of alternatives and responses to the Western tradition. You will explore artistic meaning through responsive as well as analytical discussion and writing, and learn to trust and strengthen your own voice as you acquire an understanding of the vocabulary and methods of analysis of the discipline of art history.
Students who major in studio art have the option of pursuing a concentration in digital arts. A concentration on digital arts focuses on artistic work that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process. A minor is available to majors in Art History and any other major outside of the Art Department. It is not allowed for majors in Studio Art.
An art history major can be combined with a concentration in museum studies. The combination offers possibilities for employment at a museum.
B.A., Millsaps College; M.F.A., The University of the Arts
B.A. in French, Ithaca College, New York; M.A.Edl, SUNY Cortland, New York
In addition to being the part-time gallery director, Matt works as a part-time technical director of theatre at Millsaps and is a theatre instructor at Power APAC School.
B.A., University of Redlands; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Monica is an art historian whose research focuses on notions of urbanism, public space, depictions of labor, civic imagery and the corporate sponsorship of public art in the United States. Her dissertation, "Power and Patronage: Public Art and Corporate Mural Commissions in Los Angeles, 1928-1936", examines corporate art patronage and how murals were strategically used to respond to Depression Era criticism through the intertwining of local and corporate histories. Monica is also co-editor of the forthcoming edited volume, "Patronage, Inc.: Corporate Commissions of Art and Architecture in the United States, 1886-2010. From 2007 to 2014, Monica was the Managing Director of the Haudenschild Garage, a non-profit, alternative art space and contemporary art collection in San Diego. Monica teaches courses in 18th and 19th Century, Modern, Contemporary, American, and African-American art history.
B.A., Florida State University; M.A., Vanderbilt University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Elise Smith is a professor of art history and the Sanderson Chair in Arts and Sciences, and she also serves as the chair of the Art Department. She has taught a wide array of art history courses, including all of the major periods from Ancient to Contemporary as well as certain specialized subjects such as Women Artists, Images of Women in Art and Literature, History of Architecture, and Topics in World Art. As the founder of the Museum Studies program at Millsaps, she teaches the introductory Museum Studies course and oversees all of the student internships. In addition to giving many of the Heritage art lectures, she has also offered a number of Core humanities courses, including the freshman Core 1 seminar (Art Talk: Controversies in the Visual Arts and Social Justice and the Arts: Images of Race and Gender) and interdisciplinary premodern and modern Topics courses (Self and Community in the Sixteenth Century and Art and Revolution: Visual Propaganda during the French Age of Revolution).
Dr. Smith explains, "I have been profoundly influenced by my years of teaching at a liberal arts college that values interdisciplinary thinking. I approach art in a very different way than I used to, now seeing it in the larger context of other cultural developments." She adds that she particularly values open discussion in the classroom: "I love seeing what questions students come up with and how they approach art works from different perspectives. Teaching should always be surprising and invigorating."
B.F.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; M.F.A., Alfred University
Kristen works across media exploring imagery and sculpture generated from the performative process both individually and collaboratively. She uses performance and sculpture to investigate issues of labor, identity, gender, and memory using an array of material commonly found at hardware stores, supermarkets and recycling bins. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been an artist in residence at Salem Art Works, the Visitor Center Artist Camp, and Franconia Sculpture Park. She teaches drawing, digital arts, sculpture, performance art, and papermaking.