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Want to become a professional artist, or to teach art? Then the Art program at Siena Heights is the right choice. The Art program offers Bachelor of Art and Bachelor of Fine Art degrees.

The BA is a strong liberal arts degree well-suited for students interested in combining the visual arts with other disciplines such as psychology, literature, or business.

The BFA is an intensive studio program intended for students interested in pursuing either graduate school in art or art history or professional and/or studio careers.

Art Department Mission Statement: Studio Angelico, a community of artists and educators, stimulates, challenges, supports and educates students to become: educated viewers with visual literacy and critical thinking, professional artists with technical and creative direction, thoughtful and responsible citizens in a global community. We seek through dialogue and practice to work together within a liberal arts context to appreciate, understand and communicate the diversity and complexity of the human experience as expressed through the visual arts.


FAST FACT: Other degrees offered include the Bachelor of Art degree major in Art with Visual Arts Education K-12 certification, the Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Art History, the Art minor and the Art History minor.

  • About: Art History
  • Meet the Faculty
  • 3 Things: Art History
  • The Arts Scholarship Days

Art History courses provide opportunities for students to practice speaking, reading and writing about art, to hone critical thinking and research skills, and to develop personal and cultural identities in relation to prior art movements, artists, and artworks. The courses have been grouped into freshmen, sophomore, and junior levels. Each new level requires the student to demonstrate increasingly sophisticated historical knowledge as well as analytical research, and writing skills.

Meet the Art History faculty members.

Barr, Peter

Barr, Peter

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#1. Freshman Foundations: Classes help students master the fundamentals needed for discussing and investigating works of art. Students are asked to develop their art vocabularies, to demonstrate library skills, and to explore the relationship between meaning and context. Students are presented with an overview of art history through an exploration of Western architecture. The class includes a tour of the Toledo Museum of Art and an architectural walk through Adrian's historic State Street/Dennis Street neighborhood.

#2. Three surveys of Western Art (Ancient to Medieval, Renaissance to Modern, and American Art): Allow sophomores and juniors to examine art produced during relatively large periods in history. Students acquire historical perspective as they apply the vocabulary, analytical skills, and research skills presented in the Language of Art.

#3. Upper-level Courses: Focus on relatively narrow topics, including 19th-Century Art, Early 20th-Century Art, Late 20th-Century Art, Visual Culture and the History of Photography. Aimed at juniors and seniors, these courses require students to tackle more difficult reading assignments, and to undertake independent research projects.

Arts Scholarship Days

Siena Heights University conducts Arts Scholarship Days for prospective students.

High school seniors and transfer students who would like to major in 
music, art or theater or perform in the choir, band, marching band, orchestra or jazz band can schedule an audition or portfolio review and campus visit during Arts Scholarship Days @ Siena. Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students. In addition to their audition or portfolio review, students may have the opportunity to meet with current scholarship recipients over lunch, have an individual meeting with Admissions Counselor and enjoy a campus tour.

Pre-registration is required.

Check back for the 2018 dates!

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  • Bachelor of Fine Arts


Meet Siena

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Peter Barr, Ph.D.

Professor of Art History
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.