Shepherd University

Department of Contemporary Art & Theater

Create Yourself Here!

Skyler Lewis, Sculpture Wilson Gross, painting/drawing Lauren Xenos, photography/computer imagery Fernando Velez, graphic design Mariah Donovan, painting/drawing Sara Brister, photography/computer imagery Shannon Anderson, graphic design

Two Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Art Education

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in art education is offered for students interested in the teaching profession with either a K-12 or 5-12 certification.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is the professional degree recognized for students who desire to become professional artists. The BFA curriculum provides students with a diversified experience in art, as well as an in-depth experience in one concentration area.

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About the Program


The Department of Contemporary Art and Theater has adopted a contemporary approach to teaching and is constantly evolving to accurately reflect contemporary practices. Contemporary art is concept driven, process oriented, and more socially conscious; it is often interdisciplinary, with the use of unconventional tools and materials to create more symbolic meanings.


At each level, there are courses that focus on professional development, including self-promotion and career advancement opportunities. Self-promotion includes establishing a professional portfolio and associated promotional materials. Career advancement includes joining in professional organizations, enrolling in internships, collaborating with clients, curating and marketing exhibitions, etc. Many students secure graduate or professional placement upon graduation.

Local & Global

The Department of Contemporary Art and Theater travels extensively, providing students the opportunity to experience art in the U.S. and abroad. We travel to the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area monthly and to New York City every fall. In addition, we travel to international destinations annually, including major cities all across Europe, along with more exotic locations such as Peru, Cuba, Africa, Egypt, China, etc.

2015-16 Travel

31 Day European Trip
May 16 to June 15 · 2015

Travel to: London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Swiss Alps, Munich, Salzburg, Venice, Florence, Rome, Athens

New York City :: October 2015
Information & Questions:
David Modler –

California :: March 2016
Travel to: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco

Enrollment information & Questions:
Christian Benefiel –

Full-time Faculty

Chris Coltrin, Sonya Evanisko, David Modler, Dow Benedict, Kristin Kaineg, Rick Bruner, Stephanie Robbins Thulin, Christian Benefiel, Rhonda Smith (Chair)

Art Education

David Modler
Assistant Professor

Art History

Dr. Christopher Coltrin
Assistant Professor

Graphic Design

Shannon McCarthy
Visiting Assistant Professor

Non-toxic Printmaking

Rhonda Smith
Professor and Chair of the Department


Sonya Evanisko

Photography/Computer Imagery

Rick Bruner


Dow Benedict
Professor and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities

Christian Benefiel
Assistant Professor


Ed Herendeen
Founder and Producing Director

In addition to full-time faculty, courses are taught by professional artists, art educators, designers, and photographers on a rotating basis.

Phaze 2 Gallery

Rhonda J. Smith, Song of the Road Swirls in the Air, 4 color Intaglio print with collage, Summer 2014
Song of the Road Swirls in the Air by Rhonda J. Smith

Rhonda J. Smith, A Pause in the Journey, 2 color Intaglio print with watercolor and collage, Summer 2014
A Pause in the Journey by Rhonda J. Smith

The Rise of Modern Printmaking: Selected Works from Atelier 17

January 12 to February 6
The Print Collection of Curtis Sullivan

Song of the Road: A Sabbatical Exhibit by Rhonda J. Smith

February 12 to March 16
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 12 at 5:00pm

Student Honors Show

March 30 to April 24
Opening Reception: Monday, March 30 at 5:00pm

Summer Exhibition

May 4 to August 21

For more information or to inquire about the The Phaze 2 Gallery space, contact Evan Boggess at