Overview of Program
Hood's Department of Art and Archaeology offers students the chance to study art, archaeology and visual culture with an exceptionally strong faculty. Students who major in art may concentrate in art history, archaeology, studio art or art education. The major prepares students for positions in schools, museums, galleries and other cultural institutions, and offers excellent preparation for graduate school. Field trips to major museums in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore are organized for students taking the initial survey courses as well as for more advanced courses.
Hood mounts regular exhibitions in its own gallery spaces. These frequent installations offer valuable experience for students who can assist with every aspect of the exhibition program, including hanging works and helping to select the artists for future exhibits. There are also annual exhibitions of student work for undergraduate and graduate students.
Hood students also have the opportunity to meet leading art historians, archaeologists and artists on campus through regularly scheduled department-organized lecture series, presentations and workshops with professional artists. During the past several years, the department has presented two lecture series, The Art(s) of Gender and Mapping the Unknown: The Exotic in the Middle Ages; a panel on archaeology, Have Trowel, Will Travel; and frequent presentations and workshops by visiting artists.
Art history courses at Hood introduce students to art and visual culture ranging from the cave paintings of prehistory to today's performance art. Because of Hood's location near Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and faculty's close ties to the major museums in the area, art history students have an exceptionally rich range of opportunities. Poring over medieval manuscripts with a curator at the Walters Art Museum, examining Renaissance masterpieces with conservators at the National Gallery of Art, and discussing contemporary sculpture with a curator at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum are all part of the art history program at Hood.
Hood is unusual among liberal arts colleges in that it offers a concentration in archaeology. Archaeology students examine the art, artifacts and cultures of the ancient world while learning the field methods of archaeologists today.
Hood students regularly participate in excavations in the U.S. and around the world, most recently at sites in Italy (Rome, Ostia and Pompeii), Turkey and Spain; one student also took part in an underwater excavation off the coast of Bermuda. U.S. sites include the Monocacy National Battlefield and one of Thomas Jefferson's plantations in Virginia.
Art and archaeology students often receive funding from Hood grant programs to take part in these projects. Hood's archaeologists, Professors Jennifer Ross and Genevieve Gessert, regularly dig in Turkey and Italy. The largest archaeological firm in the U.S., R. Christopher Goodwin and Associates, has a Frederick office and offers excellent local internship sites for students.
The studio art concentration includes courses in design, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and printmaking. Students choose to specialize in one of these areas. The department also offers workshops and demonstrations in ceramics featuring national and international guest artists. Studio faculty are active professionals, exhibiting their own work widely. Close ties to the major museums and galleries in the area give students a rich and varied exposure to historical and contemporary art.
Students who wish to teach art at the pre-K-12 level should plan to major in art and archaeology with an art education concentration. Students in this concentration receive a strong training in traditional studio media, including design, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and printmaking, as well as courses in digital media and art history. Students who successfully complete this concentration will receive certification to teach in Maryland upon graduation, as well as reciprocity for teaching in certain other states.
Admission to the Art Major
The art program does not require a portfolio review for admission. However, students who have a portfolio of their work are encouraged to present the portfolio to art faculty members. It is possible that a review of the portfolio will enable the student to receive exemption for an introductory studio art course.
Hood awards credit for AP art and art history exams with a score of 4 or 5.
Outside the Classroom
Fred Bohrer, professor of art, has said, "We go where art lives." Art is an ideal major for students who love to travel, as almost all art classes include field trips to major museums in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Students also go farther afield—to Los Angeles, Toronto, Boston, New York and Philadelphia—to visit museums, and have attended the annual meeting of the College Art Association. Travel is also offered to Europe, including Italy, France and England, and students have held grants to study art in both Europe (Italy, Germany) and Asia (Korea).
Hood art majors have completed internships at the following locations:
- City of Frederick
- Guggenheim Museum, New York City
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- National Gallery of Art
- National Park Service
- Smithsonian Institution
- Walters Art Museum
Alumni Success Stories
Graduates of Hood's art program have enrolled in nationally and internationally known programs to pursue advanced studies. Some of the institutions that have accepted our graduates are:
- The American University
- Arizona State University
- Boston University
- Bryn Mawr College
- Clemson University
- Cornell University
- Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (UK)
- Emory University
- Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center (Denmark)
- New York University
- State University of New York
- The George Washington University
- Tulane University
- University of Alabama
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of Baltimore School of Law
- University of Chicago
- University of Florida
- University College, Dublin (Ireland)
- University of Georgia
- University of Maryland
- University of New Mexico
- University of Pennsylvania
- University of Southern California
- University of Strasbourg (France)
- University of Texas, Austin
- University of York, England
Hood graduates are also working in a variety of positions, including:
- Art consultant, architectural firm
- Assistant professor of art history, Pacific Lutheran University
- Assistant professor of art, University of Nebraska
- Coordinator, children and family programs,Walters Art Museum
- Culture resource and research assistant, A.D. Marble and Co.
- Graphic designer, MICROS Systems
- Instructor, Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Mediterranean and Balkan Studies (Athens, Greece)
- Reference librarian, National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian)
Learn more about the major and the department.