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Your development as an artist involves more than solitary practice. It takes collaboration, mentoring, and training – and the quality of each determines the quality of the work you’ll produce. The Studio Art Department is committed to working with you as an individual to get the most out of your talent and vision. But art is not simply about art; it includes the present world, the worlds of the past, and the worlds of the future. We’ll emphasize that art begins outside of the studio and is defined and refined inside it, before ultimately returning to the public in a more comprehensive semblance.
Manhattanville’s studio arts program emphasizes the fine arts as the foundation for all art careers. After exploring several areas, you’ll do advanced work on your senior project in a concentration you choose, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, digital media/graphic design, or photography.
Students exhibit their work throughout the college campus and in Berger Gallery and Brownson Gallery. Senior projects are exhibited in April and May of the senior year in group exhibitions.
Current information about degree program requirements can be found in the official College Catalogs.
Portfolio Submission Information
For all prospective students wishing to pursue a B.A. in visual arts program, it is suggested that applicants submit a portfolio via Acceptdfor scholarship into the program. This portfolio review applies to all new students and external transfers. The review has no bearing on Admission's decision as they have their own criteria for acceptance to the College. Pending a positive Admissions decision, the portfolio review determines if the applicant is eligible for an additional Performance Major Award.
Manhattanville College maintains two art galleries to help us engage and educate the academic and local art communities. The Arthur M. Berger Gallery of Art, located in the Berman Center, is dedicated to showing the work of professional artists and providing a space for artist lectures. The other gallery, the Brownson Gallery, features the work of our current students and alumni.
All exhibitions and receptions at the galleries are free and open to the public.
Berger Gallery Hours:
Sunday: Closed Monday: Closed Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Through the generosity of David Fagin's family and friends, this memorial cash prize is awarded each year to Senior Art Majors who exhibit high professional standards in the field of visual arts.
David Fagin, a sensitive, accomplished sculptor whose life had profound impact upon those who touched it at any tangent. He was struck down in the midst of a most gratifying retirement. He sought culture and knowledge as a devotee of the theater and a discerning collector of paintings. In recent years he participated in the local college community, particularly at Manhattanville, auditing diverse courses. He was a sensitive worker and supporter of sociological ends in the Westchester area. His was a kind of gentle nature, straightforward, with indisputable integrity, helpful to all who approached him.
View photos of the Twenty-Second Annual David Fagin Award Ceremony here.
The Phyllis and Gary Grebstein Memorial Fund in the Visual Arts
Established in 1997, in memory of Phyllis Grebstein, BFA 1986, and her son, Gary Grebstein, the award provides a yearly cash prize to a sophomore or junior art major exhibiting high professional standards in the field of visual arts. Phyllis Grebstein was a sensitive and accomplished sculptor, whose life ended in the midst of a most gratifying artistic career. Her artistic imagery possessed both unique sensitivity and excellence in craftsmanship and detail. Phyllis and Gary, a skilled and creative musician, sought culture and knowledge in their lives, and the Manhattanville community recognized them as innovative, emerging artists.
Erica Hernandez '16 describes what inspires her artwork and shows some of the work she's done at Manhattanville College.