About


The Art Department is a creative community of artists, historians, and educators dedicated to rigorous skill building, intellectual growth, and creative problem solving. We understand the importance of our task to educate the individuals who will shape the culture of our collective future. We recognize art as a potent and positive force for change in contemporary society.

Our curriculum is designed to empower students to take risks, to arrive at insights about society, and to understand themselves. We offer our students a rigorous grounding in the fundamentals, and we provide an excellent education in the history, practice and teaching of the visual arts. We challenge our students to exceed their preconceived limits, and we strive to produce graduates who will go forward with confidence in their skills, abilities, and potential. We also recognize the importance of technology, a force in our society with the ability to free artists, historians, and educators from the boundaries of our traditional disciplines.

Student Learning Objectives:

1. Examine the relationship and influence of the visual arts in a historical and cultural context.

2. Recognize and evaluate critical and aesthetic issues within the history of art and contemporary studio practice.

3. Apply aesthetic judgment perceptual sensitivity and critical thinking skills to arts related issues and environments in daily life.

4. Demonstrate mastery of specific technical, conceptual and/or critical abilities within each concentration area.

5. Communicate effectively, in both written and oral formats, on research and creative issues.

Our purpose has been consistent throughout our history: to help students develop the strong conceptual ability and technical foundation required of professionals in all their endeavors. We recognize the broader role of art in today's increasingly visual culture. Our graduates must be leaders in that society with independence of mind, spirited curiosity, and a sense of art's important connection to a rapidly changing world.

Employment

Art Department Application for Pool Positions (For Studio Applicants)

The Art Department occasionally is in need of additional qualified teachers in specific media areas. The availability of these positions is based on student demand and departmental resources. Applicants for the Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, Photography, Jewelry, Ceramics and Sculpture pools are required to have either an MA or MFA degree (or equivalent) in art, with evidence of successful teaching experience and current professional work. Applicants for the Graphic Design Pool are required to have a BA/BS degree in an appropriate field and successful teaching experience or evidence of a strong professional background in the field.

Pool Application Guidelines for Studio Applicants

Art Department Application for Pool Positions (For Art Education, Art History and Museum Studies)

The Art Department is periodically in need of additional qualified instructors to staff specific courses. The availability of these positions is based on student demand and resources.

Art Education: For the Art Education pool, preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in ArtEducation or an EdD. Candidates with an MA in Art Education, MEd or an MFA will also be considered.

Art History: For the Art History pool, preference will be given to applicants with a PhD in Art History. Applicants who are ABD, who have an MA in Art History or a PhD in a closely related field will also be considered.

Museum and Gallery Studies: Applicants for the Museum and Gallery Studies pool should have an MA in Museum Studies, an MA in a relevant field or an MFA.

Pool Application Guidelines for Art Education, Art History and Museum Studies

The application deadline is April 1st. For further information on the specific materials necessary for submission, please see the
HSU Academic Personnel website or contact:

Brec Ronis, Administrative Support Coordinator
Art Department
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: 707-826-3813
Fax: 707-826-3628
Email: brec.ronis@humboldt.edu

For general inquiries email arts@humboldt.edu

Heather Madar
Professor/Art Department Chair

Brec Ronis, Administrative Support Coordinator
Art Department
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: 707-826-3813
Fax: 707-826-3628
Email: brec.ronis@humboldt.edu