Scholarship Opportunities
Students applying for admission to Saint Mary's College may also apply for the Brother Cornelius Video Arts Scholarship. Read 2013-2014 application guidelines to learn more (pdf).

The Collegian publishes article on 2015 Art Practice Senior Thesis Art Exhibits

2016 : Student Gallery 160 Presents:


Student Gallery 160 Presents:

Opening Reception April 15th, 1pm

TAKE A STAND Art Exhibit

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 1:00pm to Monday, May 16, 2016 1:00pm
Location: Cornelius Art Center, Student Art Gallery 160, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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TAKE A STAND will include student’s artwork from Art & Art History Department classes; Printing for Protest, Gallery Exhibitions, and Digital Art, regarding politically charged issues seen throughout the globe, but also as an interactive piece in which students are given a platform to take a stand. Participating students will be  given a “check all that apply” template for a letter addressing whatever governing body they wish to address about whatever issues they feel need addressing. At the end of the show letters will be given to the governing bodies the students letters address. Talking about issues and actually taking a stand on them are two vastly different things. One is an idea, the other is a plan. With our exhibit we hope to create a plan to fix these issues. Please join us for the opening reception on April 11th from 1-230pm.  Curated by the Student Gallery Exhibition Team



Art does not reproduce the visible; it makes visible.
-- Paul Klee

The Department of Art and Art History is an innovative, laboratory program focused on the practice, history, and theory of art. Courses in a variety of subject media, historical periods, and theoretical orientation inspire students to consider and create art within a social, cultural, religious, aesthetic, and technological context. The catalyst for these interrelated fields of study is the diverse history of art and its status in contemporary society. The departmental faculty encourages students to embrace the liberal arts tradition with respect to critical thinking, self-discovery, and personal expression, while the college's Catholic and Lasallian traditions help to deepen and broaden the student's engagement with art.

The Department offers three majors:

Bachelor of Arts: Art Practice
Bachelor of Arts: History of Art
Bachelor of Arts: Art Theory & Criticism 

A degree from the Department of Art and Art History has provided alumni with an appreciation of visual art as a way of knowing. Through personalized advising, the department prepares students to further their studies at the graduate level in curatorial studies, studio art, history of art, digital filmmaking, graphic design, art criticism, and other related fields.

All majors undertake an inclusive series of lower-division courses in the history, practice, and theory of art. These courses are intended to give a general overview of the variety and breadth of artistic media and practices. Upper division study provides greater depth in a given medium, historical period, or theoretical orientation. Acknowledging the importance of direct contact with diverse artistic practices, students in all three majors are encouraged to study abroad through the college’s many art-focused travel programs.