Why Choose Nazareth for Studio Art?

Artists are visual communicators, reporters on the human condition. To be a fine artist requires vision, discipline, and daily practice. It also requires a supportive environment where the gift of creativity can develop and thrive.

Nazareth College has a longstanding commitment to art and a passion for nurturing artists. The art department's studios and galleries are housed in the renowned Nazareth Arts Center. Our full-time faculty is composed of studio artists, art historians, and art educators, and supplemented by a number of highly respected working artists. We have close working relationships with local museums, schools, and design firms, providing our students with a variety of internship opportunities.

Students in Nazareth's studio art degree program concentrate in the areas of painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital media, illustration, jewelry, and metals. You also study multiple mediums and techniques and the principles of aesthetics, art history, and art criticism. Guided by professors who are artist/mentors, you develop the knowledge, skills, and aesthetic vision to produce high quality work in the competitive field of studio art.

Program Highlights

  • Studio art majors also take a liberal arts core at Nazareth. This emphasis on interdisciplinary studies enriches the artistic process. For example, you can study visual literacy in the Communication and Media department or take chemistry to learn the properties behind the materials you use.
  • You may choose to have independent studio projects in your senior year. You also may have opportunities to write your own curriculum.
  • You can choose to study abroad, such as in Florence, Italy.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

Contact Information

Ronald Netsky

Ronald Netsky

Professor and Chairperson, & Director of the Studio Art Program in Art
585-389-2533
rnetsky4@naz.edu
Arts Center 159/62
Bio

Education: B.F.A., Philadelphia College of Art; M.F.A., Washington University, St. Louis

Areas of Academic Interest: Printmaking; in lithographs, etchings and his own cardigraph technique he has primarily focused on the interplay between organization and chaos found in nature.

Read full biography and view the artist's personal website.

Duncan Crawford, studio art major, studio art degree program, fine arts degree program at Nazareth

Alumni Spotlight: Duncan Crawford '85

Set construction sculptor for television and film productions including The Avengers and Lost

"In this business, the fundamentals are key. Nazareth taught me the basics: aesthetics, how your eye moves over a canvas, perspective. I took a wide range of classes, like sculpting and metalsmithing, to figure out what I wanted to do. That trained me to pick up new things quickly, like working with foam."

Example Careers

  • Studio artist
  • Craftsperson
  • Gallery owner
  • Coin designer
  • Illustrator

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Paul Knoblauch Studio
  • Fulbright Scholarship Award to study in Egypt
  • Kulturwerk des BBK, Berlin
  • Sebastian Kim, Inc. (photographer)

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Rutgers University
  • Tyler School of Art
  • New York University
  • Devara Graphics
  • United States Mint