About the Department
Blackburn’s Department of Art provides an exceptional environment for students to hone their artistic skills and thrive creatively. A dedicated faculty of tenured and adjunct faculty pave the way for students, majors and non-majors alike, to learn and grow, focusing on a variety of mediums, including graphic arts, drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, and more. With gallery spaces throughout campus and two dedicated art facilities, the Department of Art provides no shortage of experiences to help students reach their full artistic potential through a full and engaging curriculum.
Visual Arts Center (VAC)
Built in 2002, the Visual Arts Center (VAC) is the primary art facility on the Blackburn Campus. The building houses faculty offices, graphic design lab, painting and drawing studios, photography studio, dark room, and lecture rooms. Just outside VAC’s front door, the Whitaker Sculpture Garden provides a place for quiet reflection and creative inspiration. VAC also contains the campus’ primary gallery space, used for both student, faculty, and professional exhibitions.
Renner Arts Center
Renner Art Center was once the only space on campus dedicated to the arts, but with the completion of the Visual Arts Center became home to the study of the three-dimensional arts, including pottery, sculpture, woodworking, metal working, and more. Recently Renner was equipped with a new kiln.
Located adjacent to the Visual Arts Center lobby, the VAC Gallery is a beautiful, glass-enclosed space which provides a professional setting for students to display and present their work. The department strives to provide real-world presentation experiences, and work is showcased in the Gallery from a student’s sophomore to senior year. The VAC Gallery also displays a number of faculty and professional shows each semester, providing a well-rounded learning experience for the campus community.
Lumpkin Learning Commons
Since completing renovations in 2014, Lumpkin Learning Commons has become a display space for student and professional artists. The open-concept lobby and reading room provide exhibition areas frequented by Blackburn students, faculty, staff and local community members.
Work Program Positions
Each semester five to six Work Program positions are available within the Department of Art. Duties include maintenance and care of Renner and the Visual Arts center facilities and equipment, work as design lab assistance, and administrative work that includes gallery preparation, supply ordering, working with gallery artist and exhibits, and updating the department Facebook page and blog.
Outside of the Art Department, numerous positions around campus allow art majors to hone their skills in professional environments while building their resume and creating work for their professional portfolio. Art majors hold positions in many offices across campus, including public relations, the student newspaper, Lumpkin Learning Commons, Student Life and Alumni Development.