Art Major

The studio art curriculum is designed to develop skills and critical thinking related to contemporary art practice. We offer beginning and advanced courses in digital art, drawing, painting, sculpture, and art history. Art majors complete their education at Saint Michael’s with a solo exhibition in their senior year.

A new digital art lab on main campus compliments Sloane Art Center, a nineteenth century historic building with spacious drawing, painting, sculpture, and photo studios.

Graduate schools attended by our majors include the Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, Hunter College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

You will take courses that explore a variety of mediums such as oil paint, digital video, and mixed media sculpture. You'll have the opportunity to examine art history spanning from ancient cave painting to contemporary performance art. You'll take courses as diverse as life drawing, digital imaging, experimental painting, site and installation art, and oil painting. You will also have the opportunity to study ceramics, digital photography, and other artistic media as electives.

Our department is housed in Sloane Art Center, a renovated nineteenth-century cavalry barracks, offering high ceilings and abundant natural light. You will have access to a number of studios and classrooms as well as exhibition galleries to show your work.

As the senior capstone to your art major, you will exhibit a significant body of original work demonstrating those central disciplines of artistic production in the gallery of the McCarthy Art Center.

Sample Four Year Plan for Art Majors

First Year
Fall Spring
AR 205 Drawing I AR 219 Painting with Acrylic 
First Year Seminar  AH 251 Survey of the History of Art 
Liberal Studies course  Liberal Studies course
Liberal Studies course Liberal Studies course
Fall Spring
AR 215 Digital Imaging AR 235 Sculpture: Site & Installation
AH 333  Art Since 1960 Liberal Studies courses
Liberal Studies courses
Fall Spring
AR 408  Junior Studio  Art elective 
Fall Spring
AR 415 Senior Studio  Art elective

Brian Collier, MFA

Associate Professor of Fine Arts: Art

Contact Professor Collier

Sloane Art Center 262
Box 347
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M.F.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.F.A. Suny at Buffalo

Areas of Expertise:

Sculpture, installation art, digital imaging, video, web design, interdisciplinary art and ecological art.  I am particularly interested in artworks that traverse traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Courses I Teach:

  • Digital Imaging
  • Digital Video Art
  • Sculpture: Subject and Object
  • Sculpture: Site and Installation
  • Performing Presentations
  • Senior Studio

My Saint Michael's:

I lead students to understand that successful art-making is a balance of technical skills, focused research and creative experimentation. I show students a wide range of art historical examples for assigned projects but encourage them to find their own unique and diverse solutions.

Will Mentor, BFA

Associate Professor of Fine Arts: Art

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Sloane Art Center 226
Box 364
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B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design

Areas of Expertise:

I inquire into the contemporary comingling of biological, manufactured, and virtual environments by combining hand-made and computer-derived imagery in my paintings.

Courses I Teach:

  • Life Drawing
  • Painting Tutorial
  • Painting with Oil

I present theory, history, and practice as inextricably connected in my courses. I give my students instruction in manual and conceptual skills, and then encourage them to create their own work.

Several of our majors have chosen to study abroad during their tenure at St. Mike's in cities all over Europe, most especially Paris, Rome, and London with their deep history and connection with the arts, and in countries like Jordan, Ecuador, and New Zealand.

You'll also have the opportunity to intern with local artists and designers and at places such as Burlington City Arts and Shelburne Museum.

Because of our proximity to Vermont's largest city, you can immerse yourself in all sorts of cultural experiences and events such as Burlington's South End Art Hop or the Festival of Fools. And you are only a 75 minute drive from Montreal, Quebec, an international, cultural center for the arts.

After graduation, our majors go on to careers like:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Artist
  • Art Teacher
  • Public Art Coordinator

If you have an interest in pursuing a career in teaching at the elementary or secondary level, double-majoring in art and education at Saint Michael's is a great option.

Many of our majors have decided to pursue an advanced degree as such graduate schools as the Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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