Art and Art History Department


The Department of Art and Art History is an innovative laboratory program focused on the practice, history, and theory of art. 

In our program, students will take courses in a variety of subject media, historical periods, and theoretical orientations. You’ll consider and create art within a social, cultural, religious, aesthetic, and technological context. Our devoted faculty will encourage you to embrace the liberal arts principles of critical thinking, self-discovery, and personal expression to deepen and broaden your engagement with your craft.

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Art Scholarships

In addition to need- and merit-based scholarships, first-time freshman art students are eligible for the Brother Cornelius Visual Art Scholarship, totaling $13,000 per year.

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Explore Art on Campus

At Saint Mary’s, opportunities to engage with art abound. Visit the College Museum of Art, which features rotating exhibitions from contemporary artists alongside a comprehensive collection of work from renowned California landscape painter William Keith. Or stop by Studio 160, our springboard for the large and diverse community of young artists at Saint Mary’s. You could be next!


Andrew Mount - Department Chair

Justine Wong - Administrative Assistant