Shepherd University

Department of Contemporary Art & Theater

Create Yourself Here!

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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

Contemporary

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.

Professional

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.

2014-15 Travel

New York City
September 25 – 26 · 2014

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

Enrollment information & Questions:
Dr. Chris Coltrin – ccoltrin@shepherd.edu

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
dmodler@shepherd.edu

Art History

Dr. Christopher Coltrin
Assistant Professor
ccoltrin@shepherd.edu

Graphic Design

Kristin Kaineg
Associate Professor
kkaineg@shepherd.edu

Shannon McCarthy
Visiting Assistant Professor
smccarth@shepherd.edu

Non-toxic Printmaking

Rhonda Smith
Professor and Chair of the Department
rsmith@shepherd.edu

Painting/Drawing

Sonya Evanisko
Professor
sevanisk@shepherd.edu

Photography/Computer Imagery

Rick Bruner
Professor
rbruner@shepherd.edu

Stephanie R. Thulin
Associate Professor
sthulin@shepherd.edu

Sculpture

Dow Benedict
Professor and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities
dbenedic@shepherd.edu

Christian Benefiel
Assistant Professor
cbenefie@shepherd.edu

Theater

Ed Herendeen
Founder and Producing Director
eherende@shepherd.edu

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 Karen Gergely at kgergely@shepherd.edu.