MTSU Department of Art and Design "Enrich Your Life" 'Zine

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STUDENT WORK Images on this page include: Ceramics and Painting

Images on this page include: Art Education, Performance Art, and Sculpture.

Images on this page include: Book Arts, Letterpress, and Printmaking.

Images on this page include: Graphic Design, Illustration, and Interactive Design.



The Department of Art and Design offers B.S. and B.A. degrees in Visual Arts and Art History, a B.S. in Art Education, and B.F.A. degrees in Graphic Design and Studio Art. More than 300 art majors and 1,000 non-majors enroll each semester in our classes taught by 20 full-time faculty members. The Department of Art and Design is proud of the many opportunities for our students to use technology. With well-appointed, dedicated art and design computer labs, ergonomic workstations, and over 20 master classrooms, every teaching area has technology at their fingertips. The first floor of Todd Hall houses sculpture and ceramic studios, drawing and 3-D design rooms, and the wood shop. The second floor is comprised of painting studios, art education, art history, 2-D design rooms, galleries, and art administrative offices. Located on the third floor of Todd Hall are the graphic design, book arts, and printmaking studios; four state-of-the-art computer labs; and drawing/illustration and 2-D design rooms.

MTSU / Todd Hall 615-898-2455

STUDENT Co mmunities

AIGA: the profes sional associatio n for design Printers Proof: student printmak ing club NAEA : National Art Educators As so ciation SAA : Student Art Allianc

e Student groups for travel (exam write grants to secure funding national confer ple: spring break trip to NYC also have juriedences) and guest lecturers. Th or ey shows and cura te exhibitions.


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SCHOLARSHIPS Art Education Scholarship Hester Ray Rogers Art History Scholarship Jill Montgomery Memorial Scholarship Graphic Design Scholarships Studio Art Scholarships Charles W. and Ola Belle Massey Memorial Art Scholarship Department of Art and Design Scholarship for Art Majors Dr. Charles M. Brandon Scholarship in Art David G. LeDoux Scholarship Jerry's Artarama Art Supply Scholarship

FRESHMAN Scholarships

Nuell Memorial Art The John and Elva Griffin and Lon g freshmen. Scholarships are awarded to incomin lication at To apply, please download the app


We keep an eye on you throughout your academic career. MTMMT One Stop College of Liberal Arts Departmental Advisor

MTSU, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Art and Design realize that competent and caring advisors are an essential part of a college student’s academic success. We encourage you to communicate with your advisors via email and meet with them regularly. This will not only help your academic progress but can provide you valuable insight on careers or further educational opportunities.

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GALLERIES The Todd Art Gallery exhibits works of art and design from students, emerging artists, and recognized professionals. The 210 Gallery and the Glass Gallery enable students to participate, curate, and work alongside their professors in real-life situations. Partnerships: MTSU Arts; Rutherford County Schools; Murfreesboro City Schools; Center for the Arts; Rutherford County Property Assessor’s Office; and Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce through the MTSU College of Liberal Arts.

Extensive community outreach includes Saturdays at Todd Art Gallery. All demonstrations, discussions, exhibits, workshops, lectures, and receptions are free and open to the public. Six professional artist’s exhibitions annually Three or more exhibitions featuring Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) majors in Graphic Design or Studio Art Main Gallery = 1,880 square feet professional and B.F.A. exhibit space 210 Student Gallery = 400 square feet student exhibit space Glass Gallery = 330 square feet student and faculty experimental exhibit space

Todd Art Gallery 210 Gallery Glass Gallery Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. Saturdays September through May 11a.m.–4 p.m. 615-898-5532 Todd Hall rooms: 210, 224, and 224A

Creative problem-solving Critical analysis Conceptual thinking Connecting art history and art theory Principles and elements of art and design Figure drawing Observational drawing Color theory Composition Technical development in a variety of media, including digital

FOUNDATIONS Drawing I 2-D Design Drawing II 3-D Design


Two high-fire computer-controlled gas kilns (30 cu. ft. and 50 cu. ft.) that were custom-built for the ceramics area in Holland by Blaauw Kiln manufacturers They are the highest technology high- fire kilns that exist in the industry, reducing a three-day process to 24 hours.

u8 electric kilns, 6 of which have computer controllers Throwing and hand-building studios Designated studio space for upper -division students

A smokeless green-friendly, low-carbon footprint wood kiln was built in collaboration with the ceramics students during a six-week Artist in Residence with internationally renowned Japanese master potter, author, and smokeless wood kiln builder Masakazu Kusakabe.

This kiln, designed by Kusakabe, has been built all over the world in countries like Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and in the U.S., at Harvard University.



pottery wheels, large slab roller, hydraulic extruder

Upper-division painting students are provided with studios that are 6 feet by 7 feet. The painting computer lab room, Todd 237, is 240 square feet and houses four Apple computers and printer. The painting main lab is 1,295 square feet, plus 521 square feet of storage. This is also a master classroom containing an LCD projector, Apple computer, 3-D projector, sound equipment, and automatic screen projector.



Painting Intermediate Lab is 1,295 square feet, including 9 studio spaces, an automatic projector screen, flat files, and a laser engraver. The storage room is 196 square feet and houses 10 lockers and 50 painting slots that are 5 feet tall by 6 inches wide. Painting Advanced Lab is 1,295 square feet and has 14 studios with additional 212 square feet of storage. The painting area teaches professional practice by requiring students from Painting III–VI to create a website; write an artist’s statement, biography, and resume; and have two shows.

The painting area focuses on technical and classical technique initially and then branches off toward more conceptual and material-based contemporary practices.



sculpture students have pursued graduate studies within the field following graduation, with most receiving full-funding in high-ranked and competitive graduate programs across the country.


Sculpture area operates within the contemporary vision that sculpture is an expanded field that encompasses a diverse ent of materials, beliefs, gem arran and disciplines Students encouraged to explore art with an interdisciplinary approach by creating forms that blend elements, concepts, and techniques learned from within the sculpture area and other disciplines Commitment to expanding digital technology in three-dimensional printing and Lost PLA casting technique to create a unique bridge between academic research and industry skill sets An immersive, tactile environment with a commitment to hands-on experience and learning by doing A broad opportunity to work within a state-of-the-art metal fabrication space that includes a CNC Plasma Cutting System and a C02 Laser Engraver Additional facilities including a 3-D Print Lab with 11 printers and supporting 3-D scanners, a complete foundry area for casting non-ferrous metals, and access to a fully-equipped wood shop


Studio Art

Relief, etching, lithography, screen print, letterpress, book arts, and digital processes offered 8,000+ square feet of dedicated space for printmaking, book, paper, letterpress, and digital spaces Studios for B.F.A. majors

Visiting artist program

r Print exchange exhibitions with othe U.S. the nd colleges from arou Opportunities to attend and participate in national conferences


PRINTMAKING Emphasis on conceptual development and student’s personal artistic practice

Exploration between different print media Internships and alumni at internationally-recognized Hatch Show Print in Nashville and beyond Faculty with strong teaching records, plus nationally and internationally recognized research

Robust Printmaking Club, Printer’s Proof




Opportunities in Middle Tennessee

ST8MNT, TPAC, Hatch Show Print, Red Pepper Inc., GS&F , Fox Fuel, Wax Printing, Titan We b Marketing, Emma Inc., Anode Inc ., HCA, GoNoodle, Nashville Symphony, High Five Marketing, South ern Fried Design, Collide, Circa Design, Nashville Predators, Tractor Su pply Company, American Addiction Ce nters and more alumni career locati ons: Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chicago, Atlanta, Lo s Angeles, San Diego, New York City, London, Portland, Denver, an d beyond

GRAPHIC DESIGN Studio art-based foundation Learn how to creatively and conceptually solve design problems Use art and technology to communicate ideas Acquire the formal, technical, and conceptual skills necessary for success in the graphic design industry Customize a degree with a wide variety of class options including interactive design, illustration, book arts, and photography Build a portfolio Complete an internship Professional portfolio review Create and exhibit a capstone project 4 computer labs equipped with state-of-the-art Apple computers, additional specialized PC workstations, and industry-standard color printing. Design talks with professionals Student-group travels to major cities to visit museums, studios, and alumni

ILLUSTRATION Use raster and vector software to conceptualize and produce digital illustrations

Become familiar with the elements of visual language and incorporate problem-solving strategies through the creation of original illustrations Explore the use of black and white, grayscale, and color in the illustration process using a range of materials and techniques Build an illustration portfolio and understand the elements that make a portfolio professionally viable Explore methods and materials to develop a personal illustration style Create and professionally present illustrations that are appropriate for advertising markets, products, events, and services and are prepared according to project or client expectations

INTERACTIVE Gain hands-on experience creating wireframes, prototypes, storyboards, user flows, etc. Use design industryspecific applications, proto-typing tools, and basic front-end development languages Design for web, mobile, small screen, large screen with touch interactivity

Design for time-based media

Study and participate in designing inclusive, interactive experiences Experiment with usability and learnability vs. uniqueness and attractiveness Become part of the interface design and technology story unfolding every minute

ART EDUCATION Work with professional s in the community Become a certified art educator Get that career you lov e! Gain experience workin g in K–12 schools Study and create origin al artworks Recognized for quality achievement: academic performance awards Study abroad, practicum , residency, and internshi p opportunities Develop your teaching portfolio Build your resume Teach diversified learne rs Foster your ideas and tale nts


B.A. or B.S. in Art with a concentration in Art History or Visual Arts

Study the visual culture of many places and periods Delve deeply into specific topics and art areas, such as Contemporary, Modern, Renaissance, Medieval, Islamic, Asian, African, and Pre-Columbian Hone skills in writing, critical thinking, and visual analysis Build a foundation for lifelong learning that can lead to careers in libraries, museums, galleries, education, or preservation

THE DEPARTMENT IN GENERAL one-on-one instruction small class sizes smart classrooms digital facilities in each studio study abroad opportunities (Peru, Norway, Italy, and more!) faculty mentorship students motivated to find their own unique voice as artists access to wood shop with trained technician multiple spaces for exhibiting student work scholarship opportunities available for freshmen and upper-division students



welding station 3 laser engravers replica Ben Franklin press 2 Vandercook presses

4 graphic design computer labs

Hollander pulp beater

large format printers

photo-polymer platemaker

computer room in all studio spaces

wood shop

smokeless, environmentally friendly outdoor kiln Blaauw kiln 3D printers plasma cutter

foundry open work spaces lithography and etching presses silkscreen studio

welding station

computer lab

paper marbling

outdoor raku firing


Hollander beater

ceramics studio

wood type

printmaking studio

wood shop

wood shop foundry

drawing room foundry

painting studio

silkscreen studio

hand-building studio

Vandercook press

To tour Todd Hall and visit the Department of Art and Design, contact 615-898-2455 or email

upper-division painting student space

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