The Art Department at Marywood University combines art training with a liberal arts education to help students develop their creative voice and vision for a career in art or further graduate study. Students who graduate from our programs go on to work as studio artists, designers, educators, and therapists in museums, galleries, public schools, universities, private practice, and other public and private organizations. Our alumni have secured positions as art teachers, museum directors, art therapists, studio artists, art directors, graphic and web designers, children’s book illustrators, courtroom sketchers, painting instructors, photojournalists, fashion photographers, metal fabricators, jewelers, and furniture designers, to name a few.
Creative Pacer ProfilesAlumna Barbara Sowinski makes a million dollar contribution to support renovation efforts for Marywood's Liberal Arts Center.
Creative Pacer ProfilesJeffrey Behnke’s transition from active duty to student life has been a successful mission, to say the least.
Creative Pacer ProfilesAusten Miller is dedicated to giving others the same support that's been shared with him.
Creative Pacer ProfilesGraphic design major Nick Arcarese leaves mark on Marywood University's campus.
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- Pennsylvania Department of Education
- American Art Therapy Association (Approved)
About the Art Department
About the Art Department
The programs in Art are designed to help students attain full development as creative persons through the integration of art studies with the total concept of a liberal arts education. It is through the creative, aesthetic dimension of human intelligence that greatness in culture is born. The human person communicates this dimension through the process of art. The artist, in his/her quest for a common abstraction or “truth” in nature and in humanity, functions to challenge and set standards of excellence in all aspects of human endeavor.
Through critical awareness and understanding of the physical world and its relationship to social, ethical, and economic conditions, the art student begins this quest. Artistic (creative) potential lies, often dormant, within every person from any cultural background or educational exposure. Once released, this powerful communication form reveals each individual’s cohesive relationship to the world in all its diversity and enables the artist as a more “fully developed” person to foster quality in and respect for, life.
By virtue of its diversity art applauds differences as well as similarities. It is also through this dimension that spiritual insights, social awareness, and dedication to personal, responsible communication develop and are expressed. As an active participant in the mission and philosophy of Marywood University, the goals of the Department of Art include preparation of individuals experienced in diverse creative processes through the various art media.
Students are involved intensely in self-discovery, self-evaluation, artistic research (affective and cognitive), and professional presentation of products. As a result, the art student develops a sense of responsibility, empathy and professionalism, which then should be reflected, upon graduation, by commitment and involvement as a professional in the larger community. It is this growing sense of responsibility for quality communication, balanced with creativity that will enrich future generations.
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Our faculty members, listed at right, are committed, caring, and creative working professionals. In addition to teaching and advising students at Marywood, they continue to develop their own aesthetic visions through personal and commercial projects.
Many of our faculty members have shown their work in national and international exhibitions. They've also written books, scholarly papers for journals, and articles for a variety of magazines and news outlets. In addition, many have been featured in numerous publications, including Artists Magazine, Art in America, Fiber Arts, Ceramic Monthly, Metalsmith, American Craft, Print, NET Magazine, Communication Arts, and Step by Step.
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Every art student at Marywood has access to superb facilities, from computer labs and darkrooms to drawing, painting, printmaking, metal, wood, and sculpture studios and weaving looms. Facilities are available to art students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Art Department currently has 6 clubs and organizations dedicated to the arts. Overall, Marywood’s Office of Student Engagement offers over 60 extra-curricular registered clubs and organizations.Zeta Omicron, Kappa+Pi, International Art Honor Society
Education Guides & Resources
- Art & Art History Resource Guide
- Art Therapy Resource Guide
- Liberal Arts Resources Guides
- International Student Resource Guide
- Marywood Fine Art/Design Ebookshelf
Local Art Supplies
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Online Art Supplies
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- Art Therapy
- Arts Administration
- Graphic Design
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Marywood Graphic Design Student among Winners in International Poster Competition
Danaé Drews, a junior graphic design major, is a winner in the international poster design competition, Typography Day, hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.
On Entropy: Selections from The Maslow Collection on Creation and Loss
This exhibition, spanning from autumn to winter, examines eleven works from The Maslow Collection through the concept of entropy.
Art Exhibit: Exploring Visual Language
An exhibit, Exploring Visual Language, is on view at The Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art, located in the Shields Center for Visual Arts on Marywood University’s campus.
Official Portrait Unveiling of IHM Congregation Foundress Set (4/5)
Marywood University is presenting the official unveiling of Theresa Maxis, Torn Woman, a portrait of Mother Theresa Maxis, foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.
"Growing" Exhibit Celebrates Women Artists
In honor of Women’s History Month, The Maslow Collection celebrates women artists within the collection in a study of the female gaze in relation to nature and organic imagery in its exhibition.
Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture-Exhibit: J. Morgan Puett
The Marywood University Art Department will present a lecture by interdisciplinary artist J. Morgan Puett as part of its Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Fall 2021 Art Exhibits
The Mahady Gallery, located in the Shields Center for Visual Arts on the campus of Marywood University is hosting two exhibits this fall.
Summer Art Workshops Announced
Marywood University is offering Continuing Education Summer Art Workshops during the months of July and August.
Marywood Alumni Unveil Mural Project at First Friday Event
Using Art to Change the World
Jillian is totally embodying Marywood's Mission and Core values through this particular post, especially with her closing paragraph: Remember to support artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, and artists with special needs.