Art Department

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.

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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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Art Faculty

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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Insalaco Center for Studio Arts Center 

Shields Center for Visual Arts

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
Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for Adult Learners
First in scholarship and leadership, the Alpha Sigma Lambda national honor society recognizes adult learners and represents the top non-traditional undergraduate students at more than 300 liberal arts institutions across the United States. For more information about this Adult Learners Club at Marywood University, contact
Faculty Advisor: Dr Lindsay Phillips | | Staff Advisor: Maria Temples | 

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Education Guides & Resources

Local Art Supplies

1150 Commerce Blvd
Dickson City, PA 18519

Hobby Lobby
3908 Commerce Blvd
Dickson City, PA 18519

Jo-Ann Stores
429 Scranton Carbondale Hwy
Scranton, PA 18508

Online Art Supplies

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  • Art Therapy
  • Arts Administration
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Painting
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  • Sculpture

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  • Master of Fine Arts - Studio Art
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