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Department of Art

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Develop your artistic talent and build analytical thinking and technical skills that prepare you for career opportunities in education, advertising, arts management, design and more.

Studio art is a comprehensive major that melds theoretical study with practical application. It builds proficiencies in visual communication, aesthetics, conceptual thinking and creative problem solving.

Course offerings include ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, jewelry-making and printmaking.

BW's core curriculum - rooted in the liberal arts tradition - offers you an ideal foundation for learning to comprehend and critique art. You'll delve into the work of leading artists and study how the social, cultural and economic circumstances of their time inspired and influenced them.

Studio art offers diverse hands-on learning and portfolio-building opportunities to showcase your work. An internship enables you to apply classroom studies to real-world situations.

Nearby Cleveland offers an array of art museums and galleries that provide impressive cultural opportunities for internships, field experiences, networking opportunities and more. On campus, Fawick Gallery features local and student talent.

BW faculty are award-winning artists as well as professors. You'll learn from instructors with decades of experience.


  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Arts manager
  • Gallery curator
  • Interior designer
  • Buyer
  • Advertising executive
  • Architectural services
  • Professor
  • Art therapist


If you would like to become an art teacher, BW has an outstanding teacher education program.


BW Junior/Senior Seminar experience facilitates the transition from being an art student to becoming a professional artist. Upper-level art majors and studio art faculty meet on a weekly basis for a range of mentoring opportunities, including critiques, workshops and guest artist lectures. This multi-semester course is centered around the students' artwork and prepares them for their Senior Exhibition and professional work.

  • Studio art student working in ceramics studio

    The studio art curriculum is both comprehensive and customizable, with course offerings in ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, jewelry-making and printmaking.

  • Student making jewelry

    As a studio art major, you will have access to state-of-the-art studio space and diverse hands-on learning and portfolio-building opportunities to showcase your work.

  • Art students visit Zygote Press in Cleveland for a class in letter press printmaking.

    Educational trips and field experiences at private art galleries, auction houses, museums and other Cleveland cultural institutions make learning career relevant. Printmaking students visit Zygote Press in Cleveland to learn letter press printmaking.


Offered as a major and minor, studio art is a comprehensive program that develops fundamental art skills of drawing, design, composition, color theory and more.

Studio art is a flexible major that can be a companion for a double major or can serve as a minor for communications, art management, history and music, among other disciplines. Students interested in art therapy can combine a studio art major with psychology.

The studio art major prepares students to:

  • Effectively communicate a visual or conceptual idea
  • Creatively solve visual and/or conceptual problems
  • Demonstrate a high level of craftsmanship
  • Develop a high level of technical skill
  • Effectively critique their work and the work of others
Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of BW's studio art program.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:


BW's proximity to Cleveland puts you within a 20-minute drive to outstanding opportunities. Most students have multiple internships prior to graduation. Cleveland offers access to numerous cultural facilities, including the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art. Educational trips plus field experiences at private art galleries, auction houses and museums make learning career relevant.


Independent study offers students enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom for individualized and advanced study. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member.


The gallery holds six exhibitions each year that feature student work and Ohio artists.


Personally and professionally rewarding, student organizations and activities foster skills in leadership and teamwork. Opportunities include:

Art Attack Club
The club provides opportunities for students to learn about the fields of studio and visual arts to help prepare them for careers in the visual arts or for further study.

Arts Management Association (AMA)
The AMA provides service to area arts organizations and the BW community. It also sponsors professional development opportunities for its members, including all the arts (art, dance, music and theatre) as well as those that focus on not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. The association has partnerships with various organizations in Cleveland, including The Cleveland Orchestra, and assists in the promotion and operation of University-sponsored arts events and festivals. Member activities have included networking trips to New York City, Chicago and Toronto; Arts Advocacy Day Conference in Washington, D.C.; and grant writing workshops with panelists from leading organizations.


The opportunity to experience another culture and gain an international perspective is invaluable to your professional development and will add to your career options. Benefits include:

  • Understanding art from an international perspective
  • Expanding cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills
  • Preparing for an increasingly diverse and international workplace
  • Broadening academic horizons
  • Improving language skills
  • Experiencing a different culture
  • Building an international network of contacts


At Baldwin Wallace, you'll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Students who have applied to graduate school have been accepted to some of the most prestigious programs, including Virginia Commonwealth University California Institute of the Arts, Chicago Art Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, New York University, Ohio State University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland and Loyola University.

Alumni have worked at significant cultural institutions, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cornell University, National Gallery, Ithaca College, TAR Magazine, Cleveland International Film Festival, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland Partnership for Arts and Culture, Rachael Davis Fine Art, Morgan Paper Conservancy and University of Dayton.

Alison DicksonAlison Dickson '17 is jewelry design apprentice at Coach in New York City. She designs for the brand's many collections - from outlet to runway. As a junior at BW, she honed her technical design skills and gained experience in product development and merchandising through an internship at Kate Spade. Alison is from Erie, Pa.

Morgan BabicMorgan Babic '13 is metalsmith and jeweler at Morgan Babic Jewelry in Richmond, Va. Her work recreates the intricate angles of the human body and the beauty of its movements through repetitive metal forms. Originally from Perry, Ohio, she received an MFA in craft/material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Emily BryantEmily (Bryant) Katzin '10 is project manager of the Office for a Healthy Environment with the Cleveland Clinic. She was previously sustainability manager at the Philadelphia Zoo. Her sustainable art is currently exhibited at Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin, Texas, and has been featured in The STEAM Journal. Emily is from Rocky River, Ohio.


Darlene Michitsch

Chair, Department of Art and Art History
M.A., Art History, New York University Institute of Fine Arts

Darlene Michitsch

M.F.A., Studio Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Paul Jacklitch

Benjamin Lambert

Assistant Professor
M.F.A., Ceramics and Sculpture, Edinboro University

Benjamin Lambert

Erica L. E. Lull

Coordinator, Digital Media and Design
M.F.A., Kent State University

Erica L. E. Lull

Full-Time Faculty

Darlene Michitsch
Chair, Department of Art and Art History
Associate Professor
M.A., New York University Institute of Fine Arts

Paul Jacklitch
M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design

Benjamin Lambert
Assistant Professor
M.F.A., Edinboro University

Erica L. E. Lull
Coordinator, Digital Media and Design
Associate Professor
M.F.A., Kent State University

Steven P. Ziebarth
M.F.A., University of Cincinnati

Adjunct Faculty

Megan C. Blocksom
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Nicole Follen
M.F.A., Kendall College of Art and Design

Julie Friedman
M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nancy Lick

Jessica Pinsky
M.F.A., Boston University

Deborah Pinter
M.A., New York University/International Center of Photography

Sara Wichtendahl
M.F.A., Iowa State University


Rich Cihlar
Office Manager
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