Department of Art
Students may take classes in gallery management to add to their resumes. Students have opportunities to work with guest artists and the gallery director to design, publicize, and strike exhibits. They learn professional attributes that are necessary for successful relationships with galleries from the perspectives of directors and artists.
Students can meet and talk with regionally and nationally acclaimed guest artists who exhibit in the James David Brooks Memorial Gallery. Advanced studio majors may schedule individual critiques to discuss their work and aspirations.
Students may participate in various student exhibitions. Studio majors must complete their degrees with senior exhibitions, which are solo shows of their junior and senior year work. Additionally, the department offers a yearly student juried exhibition for all students, in which they compete for awards of merit. Art students have opportunities outside the school for building their resumes as well. Faculty members encourage students to enter shows and competitions, and provide regular information about venues that are appropriate for their work.
Students at Fairmont State have traveled with members of the art faculty to New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Paris to see museums and galleries. Art students have also traveled to China and London with other members of the Fairmont State community.
Students may attend various workshops sponsored by the department. Artists-in-residence and guest artists often provide opportunities in the form of workshops for students to collaborate on works of art, or to learn about specific media or concepts. Additionally, art faculty members provide graduate school workshops to help students prepare for the process of applying to graduate programs.