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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN STUDIO ART


The Studio Art Department at a Glance

The Black Hills State University Studio Art Program is the ideal choice for aspiring art students throughout the state and region. The Department of Studio Art provides students with the technical skill and cultural awareness essential to the careers of professional artists, scholars or teachers. Seminars on specialized topics, a schedule of visiting artists, trips to major cities, and study abroad possibilities all enrich students study of Studio Art at Black Hills State University. 

Studio Art students have access to newly updated studio facilities, private studio spaces, and close mentoring from the art faculty. We integrate formal art concepts with contemporary theory and fundamental practice while using digital media and contemporary technologies in our curriculum. Coursework includes practice as well as discussion and critiques with faculty, advisers, and visiting artists. Exhibition and installation spaces are readily available throughout campus and the community of Spearfish.  

The faculty of the Department of Fine Art is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized artists and scholars with artistic practice and research that spans a broad range of media and disciplines. Dedicated to educating the next generation of artists, award-winning teachers prioritize mentorship, offering students individual attention, small class sizes and private studio spaces.  

Most course work in the programs of study are practice-based studio courses. Studio classes are typically capped at 18-20 students. All studio areas also have classes that are open to non-majors. Three-credit courses normally meet in class for three hours weekly for 15 weeks of fall and spring semester; another six hours of work is expected outside class. Studio areas are open and accessible, and private studios are available on an application bases.

More info about the Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.

FIND YOUR CAREER

» Art Director
» Artist
» Arts & Cultural Policy Administrator
» Arts Educator
» Arts Therapist
» Arts Writer & Publisher
» Commercial Artist
» Gallery Owner
» Illustrator
» Interior Designer
» Museum Curator
» Painter
» Sculptor

Fine Arts Spotlight

SEQUOYAH CHAVEZ

CLASS OF ’20

» President of Art Club and a member of Wenona Cook Art Studios
» Involved on campus in theatre productions and the Residence Hall Association as a Resident Assistant
» Traveled to China in 2018 to participate in an exchange drawing class
» Currently developing a series titled Degenerate Art; illustrating art that rejects convention while retaining intellectual and artistic value

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

HONORS PROGRAM In fall 2018, Desy Schoenewies is teaching Constructing/Deconstructing the Book as an Honors colloquia course. In this course, students create hand-bound books using a variety of traditional and contemporary methods including Japanese stab-bound, hand-sewn signatures, and accordion books. The course also explores newer methods of book-making and discusses contemporary artists who use the book as a form of art media. Students use traditional, archival materials for sewing, gluing, and binding their own books, as well as integrate digital print output for their page layouts. Although a general theme is explored for each project, the student may develop their own creative narrative to produce original content and imagery for each book. ART CLUB In the fall of 2012, the Art Club was formed and remains one of the most active student organizations on campus. Students host events for themselves, for the community, and for the campus. DENVER FINE ARTS WEEK annual fundraiser and trip AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE recipient from the South Dakota Board of Regents in 2015 APPROXIMATELY 15-20 MEMBERS are consistently engaged with weekly Art Club events

Contact Info

Desy Schoenewies
Desy.Shoenewies@BHSU.edu
Phone: (605)-642-6104
BHSU.edu/Studio-Art

Black Hills State University
1200 University St. Unit 9571
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799-9571