Art is a creative and
expansive response to life
in visible form
Up Late, Laughing, Making Art
The energy in the studios is incredible the night before a critique. It’s that moment when what’s inside you wants to come out. Students are there supporting each other, rooting for each other.
An unparalleled experience for our majors is the New York Semester on Contemporary Art. This life-changing experience gets you on the train every week for guided tours of the most interesting work showing in the city. You’re immersed for a season and come out with a true understanding of how the global art world works.
Drew’s art major is growing because people are drawn to our community, our teaching style. Our faculty, all working artists, know the value of our focus on craft, content and critique. We support students and challenge them. We know what it is to innovate.
Students gain valuable experience running our campus art gallery. Curating and hanging shows gives you insight into the whys and hows of professional art career.
Careers Made easy
Internships at the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, the Drawing Center—these are the kinds of real-world experiences Drew students have. Plus, many work as assistants to professional artists. The networking you can do while at Drew helps you enormously down the road.
Visual communication is booming in the digital age. People trained to express themselves visually are at a premium.
Drew is seeing an increase in art double majors as well, with combinations such as Art/Engineering, Art/Environmental Studies and Sustainability, and Art/Business Studies.
As a double major in art and economics, I enjoy the complexity and challenge of expressing the social activism of my artwork in the financial world. Similarly, art influences the way I look at economic models and development because I look out for the impact on social welfare.
One thing I love about Drew is how the professors approach their classes. Instead of forcing students to work in one style, they let us work in our own style, using techniques and skills taught in class.
All that I learned about contemporary art—from new ideas to the new and different mediums people are using—changed how I see my art and how I approach it.
I teach 2-D and 3-D design, painting and drawing. In my own work, I address tragedy, romanticism and ambivalence in painting. I recently received a Drew Faculty Research Grant to go to Death Valley to take photographs that I will use to begin new paintings in my Brooklyn studio. View my site.
M.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
I’m both a painter and teacher of painting and drawing. My work has been shown in New York City and Cologne, Germany, among many cities. I have written on art theory and lectured on art with a particular focus on the expressive traditions rising out of the work of van Gogh. Find me on flickr.
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Associate professor & chair
I teach digital imaging, video and animation. My work explores the nature of time and perception in variety of media. A recent project of mine, The Magic Mountain, paired an 8mm film I shot in Switzerland with a Richard Strauss symphony. View my site.
M.F.A., University of Pennsylvania
Raymond Saá Stein
I teach drawing, ceramics and sculpture. My work’s been shown in New York, Dallas, Miami, San Juan, Kuala Lumpur and more. View my site.
M.F.A., Parsons School of Design
I’m working on making portrait and landscape photographs for a project called “The League of Peace and Power.” I take great satisfaction in seeing students become more confident about engaging with the world, while they figure out how to turn what’s in front of their cameras into photographs. View my site.
M.F.A., Yale University
- Critically acclaimed painter
- Appraiser, Nye & Company
- Graduate student, Pratt Institute
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A visiting performance artist helps Drew students put art in unexpected places.
My Favorite Course
“It truly gave me the freedom to work with any content matter in whatever medium I chose. I no longer felt like a student, but like a real artist working in my own studio.”
Diana Ortiz on Advanced Senior Studio