Art and Art History Department at Saint Joseph's University

Department of Art and Art History

The Art and Art History Department at Saint Joseph's University offers courses in art history, graphic design, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, pottery, ceramics and mosaics. The department boasts three art buildings that include lecture classrooms and studios for painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, digital and darkroom photography.

Through practice, study and research in a variety of disciplines, the Art and Art History Department fosters an appreciation of the transformative nature of art both personally and culturally. Studio and lecture courses in the visual arts and art history integrate intellectually informed, hands-on instruction with elements of creative freedom, independent thought and critical insight.

Providing strong faculty mentorship in both traditional and contemporary methods, the Department encourages individuality and ingenuity in every student. The broader-based curriculum and the rigor of concentration in a specific discipline equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to flourish beyond the undergraduate experience. The department’s award-winning faculty of artists and scholars are also dedicated teachers who challenge students to express themselves and respond to their immediate and global context.


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News & announcements

Sculpture and the Environment: Steven Rossi, assistant professor of art, is working with students in his Sculpture and the Environment course to collaborate on  art-making at The Barnes Arboretum while focusing on environmental ethics.

The Beauty of the Barnes: Her face lit up with genuine delight. Nearly everyone in attendance at the September 27 ceremony to name the Frances M. Maguire Gallery building at the Barnes Arboretum saw the endearing moment.

Students Learn Human Anatomy Through PCOM Art ProgramArt students at Saint Joseph's paired up with a team of medical students at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) to collaborate on a pilot program to learn how to draw parts of the human anatomy by looking at cadavers. 

In Memoriam: Rev. Dennis McNally, S.J.: Fr. McNally has served Saint Joseph’s University loyally since 1975, chairing the Department of Fine and Performing Arts for 22 years and guiding aspiring artists. 

Student Finds Path for Her Future at Intersection of Art and Medicine: When a student’s passions and future career goals don’t naturally align, it can feel like choosing between one or the other. But Faith Belcuore ’20 isn't choosing. She's chasing a future as a physicians assistant while studying art history.

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Alumni Spotlight


My advisor helped me research the importance of the arts within the medical field and introduced me to an internship at PCOM where I helped cultivate a new medical humanities program for first-year medical students."


Faith Belcuore '20

art history major


It truly does make a difference when students can see and feel the care from their teachers, and the art department was never lacking."


Lauren Cavanaugh '20

art and communications major, art history minor

Steven Bradley '20

I appreciate the challenge that was placed on me by the teachers I've had and can definitely say that they will remain useful for my future career plans involving branding."

Steven Bradley '20

Steven Bradley '20

communications major, art and marketing minor

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