The Art program at Ohio Dominican University prepares the next generation of smart, innovative, and conscientious art professionals to become leaders in the local community and, ultimately, the world at large. Students develop habits of collaboration, critical thinking and reflection.
The Art and Design program seeks to teach students the power of visual language, the ethics and aesthetics behind visual culture and the social responsibility of production, while preparing individual students to find their artistic voice. We do this through a dynamic curriculum, which takes place both inside and outside of the University’s walls – in classrooms, community centers, studios, museums, and various nonprofit sites. We have a pragmatic major, which attempts to demonstrate the relevance of art to society at large, and to the individual student through personal intellectual discovery and empowerment. The curriculum grooms individual students on a conceptual and technical basis through a foundations curriculum, which allows them to choose an area of emphasis in Art, Design or Art Education. The Dominican principles of learning, social justice and the pursuit of truth are at the core of all of our programs. Our program is unique in its emphasis on service learning, study abroad opportunities, the strength of art history and historical techniques in the curriculum as well as visual and conceptual theory. We prepare students through internships and independent studies for graduate school and the highly competitive world of art museums and design studios. We also prepare our students for a life of active contemplation and service to others, connecting them to the larger community and their own alumni institution.
The Art Department carefully balances learning and practice. Students get practical, real-world experience starting with their first classes. The Wehrle Art Gallery functions as a “lab” for the program. Students help curate, design and install exhibitions as well as exhibit their own work. Nearly 100 percent of our students participate in some form of internship, either on or off campus. Recent graduates have gone on to top graduate programs in the United States, such as Savannah College of Art and Design and the University of Virginia.
Dr. Janette Knowles presents regularly on travel pedagogy, and Art and Ecology at national conferences. She has worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Columbus Museum of Art, the UNESCO World Heritage site and the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, Belgium.
Professor Jessica Larva is a founder and principal for the Fuse Factory Collective, which looks at the use of technology in artistic practice. She came to ODU from the studio of MacArthur-award winning artist, Ann Hamilton.