Tag Archives: Art History

On the road

4 Mar
The Mall

The Mall

7:15AM Saturday, March 2nd: Weary and tired travellers board the buses to Washington, D.C. for the annual Art History field trip. I happened to be part of a Latin American Caribbean Studies capstone course that was hitching a ride with the Art department. While other courses headed into the National Gallery or the Hirshorn, our contingent went to the Art Museum of the Americas to take in a quaint but great little exhibit on Dominican and Haitian art. Afterwards we went to Oyamel, a great Mexican restaurant by the mall and had lunch as a class. We sampled gourmet tacos and dipped churros in chocolate while we discussed what we had seen that day and how we can relate our D.C. trip to our capstone papers. Unique opportunities like these field trips make up the essential fibers of the W&L experience –  allowing us the chance to learn holistically and truly get to know our professors.


Department Details: Art and Art History

7 Jan
Artsy Colonnade

Artsy Colonnade

The Department of Art and Art History at Washington and Lee University, located in newly-constructed Wilson Hall, offers courses in studio art and the history of art. Its program of study includes majors in each of these areas, and a recent surge of student interest has propelled the department into a place among the five most heavily subscribed academic units in the College.

Studio facilities include two sculpture workrooms, a large computer lab, two darkrooms, and five studio/classrooms. Majors take courses in photography (both digital and traditional darkroom), sculpture, painting, drawing, print-making, and computer graphics. Senior majors share a large studio space in which they work independently on their own projects.

Art history classes are intimate – with caps on lecture courses set at 25 – and plentiful, with all courses taught in state-of-the-art facilities in Wilson Hall. Students have access to computer resources in the building, use a digital library of images and information hosted locally by MDID and nationally by ARTstor that exceeds 1,000,000 images, and work closely with faculty and peers in and out of the classroom.

The Department of Art and Art History supports and works in tandem with the Staniar Gallery. Located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, the Gallery stages a variety of public exhibitions and hosts a lecture series for visiting artists. The Gallery’s schedule and slate of events changes annually, as it brings to campus an array of important and challenging images and image-makers who interact with students, faculty, and the greater Lexington community during their stay at Washington and Lee.

Tour Guide Spotlight: Cameron Dorsey ’14

6 Dec

Cameron Dorsey ’14

Hometown: Pepper Pike, OH

Major(s)/Minor(s): Art History/Museum Studies

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? Women’s Tennis team, RUF, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority

How are you involved in the Lexington community? Relay4Life participant

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? I love lacrosse, doing crafts, and telling jokes

Favorite weekend activity? Brunch on Sundays

Favorite thing about Lexington? It’s small, but comfortable. It doesn’t overwhelm you and it’s easy to navigate.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? Exam week, the school was distributing stress balls for students. My friends and I decided it was a good idea to relieve our stress by having a stress dodge ball war in the library.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? After I was involved in a car accident, all of my professors sent me personal emails giving me their condolences and hoping that I get better.

Tour Guide Spotlight: Camie Carlock ’13

28 Nov

Camie Carlock ’13

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Major(s)/Minor(s): Politics/Art History & Poverty and Human Capability

What clubs/activities are you involved in on campus? I’m Marshal for Kappa Kappa Gamma and a member of the Standards Committee, a Fundraising Chair and Trustee for Mock Convention, Peer Counselor, work study in the Admissions Office, RUF, training for a half marathon with friends.

How are you involved in the Lexington community? I’m on the Higher Education Ministry at RE Lee Memorial Church, and I currently volunteer two hours each week at Woods Creek Montessori School. I hope to become more involved this fall through more volunteer work in general.

What are some of your other hobbies/interests? Traveling, running, cooking (learning how to), painting, learning how to be a better friend/person in general, making other people happy!

Favorite weekend activity? Dressing up for themed parties, running the Chessie Trail, relaxing with friends.

Favorite thing about Lexington? It is literally the postcard for quaint, picturesque small town America, and it is so safe and cozy nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

What’s your favorite W&L memory? Tubing down the Maury River with my best friends last Spring Term.

What’s the best encounter you’ve had with a faculty or staff member? Professor Beckley, head of the Shepherd Poverty Program, is hands down my favorite professor. Last year, I had left the major/minor declaration form in his office, and I stopped by to pick it up. Professor Beckley chatted about my applying for the Shepherd Internship that summer, and then he asked that daunting question, “What do you want to do with your life?” I explained how I’m majoring in Politics and might want to attend Law School, but I also admitted that Law School is my cop-out so it sounds like I have a post-graduation plan. He informed me of Public Policy programs and even dual degree programs with law schools and how that might be the direction I want to steer myself. I was SO relieved to know Politics really is the right major for me, especially hearing it from a faculty member outside of the department. And the best part is, I can incorporate my knowledge and experiences with the Shepherd Poverty Program so that I can continue to do what I love: helping others.