Sampson Hall, Art & Languages

While studying art at Stetson University, your work will develop from exposure to our strong foundation principles, art historical traditions and contemporary theories. Our liberal arts environment encourages students to think critically, analytically, and creatively. Small classes assure individual attention and round-the-clock access to studios, allowing for ample opportunity to work outside of class.

Stetson's art program has strengths in painting, drawing, digital media, and sculpture. Other areas of concentration include photography and ceramics. The Department of Art is also actively involved in the Digital Arts major, a partnership between the Art, Computer Science and Music Departments. Many Art students choose to double major in Digital Arts, or minor in Digital Arts or Art History.

Stetson offers a rich and varied program of visiting artists, lectures and exhibitions that will broaden your exposure to contemporary art and artists. Stetson’s Duncan Gallery provides first-hand access to work by contemporary artists, and it features student work during the annual juried art competition and Senior Thesis Exhibitions. The Hand Art Center, a new facility opened in 2009, houses Stetson's renowned Oscar Bleumner Collection of over 1,000 drawings and paintings from the early American Modernist.

Through institutional relationships with arts organizations, including the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, Stetson can offer its students exposure to contemporary art and internship opportunities. We also offer study abroad programs in England, France, Spain, Mexico and in Germany with the Stetson Summer Freiburg Program

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Stetson can provide up to $4,000 per year in art scholarships that are renewable each year, up to $16,000 by graduation.

Department Awards
-Elizabeth Knight Sumner Purchase Award
-Hamill Award (for outstanding senior art student)
-Quintessential Art of Business Purchase Award
-The Louis and Elsie Freund Young Artist Award
-Annual juried student art competition, more than $4,000 in awards
-Margaret Duncan Memorial Scholarship Award