About the Department of Fine Arts

Fine Art majors at Elizabethtown College design their own career paths that suit their personal needs, as we offer a Bachelor of Arts degree program that is both flexible and interdisciplinary.

Our talented faculty and staff foster creativity and personal growth by providing in-depth instruction in Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education. We also offer two minors in Studio Art and Art History and participate in the interdisciplinary minor programs in Graphic Design and Architectural Studies.

The Department of Fine Arts prepares students for a variety of careers within the field of visual arts. With three major concentrations and several minors to choose from, our students explore diverse aspects of art and self-expression. By choosing Elizabethtown College, you’ll become part of a community of artists that embrace individualized artistic growth and experimentation.

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From the Department of Fine Arts

Friedly art

Entering exhibits is art professors’ version of being published

Friedly collaborates with other artists in summer show

College professors demonstrate academic talent and bring attention to their ongoing research by publishing papers in reputable journals. Participation in exhibits is the art world’s version of that tradition. Milt Friedly, professor of art at Elizabethtown College, was recently invited to participate in an exhibit on large printmaking at the Lancaster Museum of Art. The show, titled “The Art of the Big Print: Master Lancaster Printmakers,” features Friedly and five other artists who worked together to create 30-inch-by-40-inch prints. By participating in exhibits, Friedly said, he can better relate to students about their various levels of ability throughout their lives. The exhibit runs through July 1, 2018.

“It’s important to take part locally and be active in the community … Don’t jump ahead of where you’re at.”

From the Division of Fine and Performing Arts


Art professor honored with residency opportunity

Kristi Arnold studies printmaking in Japan

Kristi Arnold, assistant professor of art at Elizabethtown College, attended a five-week artist residency in Katsuyama, Fujikawaguchiko-cho, Japan, this spring where she studied mokuhanga, a traditional Japanese printmaking technique, with a residential master printer. Her residency was part of the 2018 Mokuhanga Innovation Lab, in which six artists from around the world are chosen to travel to Japan to participate in the training. In addition to learning mokuhanga, a water-based woodblock printmaking style, Arnold was moved by the Japanese culture’s appreciation for aesthetics and respect for the environment. She hopes to incorporate mokuhanga in her Art 204 course at E-town.

“Since mokuhanga technique doesn’t require the use of a printing press and the materials are environmentally friendly, it is a very accessible media.”

From the Division of Fine and Performing Arts


Student interest draws new major

Elizabethtown College adds graphic design major.

Students interested in the fast-growing field of digital arts can now major in graphic design at Elizabethtown College. According to Patricia Likos Ricci, director of the Department of Fine Arts, of the Division of Fine and Performing Arts, student demand was a significant factor in expanding the College’s offerings from a minor to a major. With 30 students participating in the school’s graphic design minor over its two-year existence, it was only a matter of time before the major was established, she said. A new course “Designing for Web and Social Media (ART 325)” is included in the curriculum, and additional courses will be offered in the future to keep up with developments in the industry.

“The curriculum is efficiently organized to provide room for graphic design majors to have a minor or double-major in a discipline of their choice that will enhance their employment opportunities, augment their skills or enrich their creative and intellectual capacities.”

From the Division of Fine and Performing Arts

A Grand Vision

Sharing an artist’s story

Violet Oakley exhibit featured at Woodmere Art Museum.

Patricia Likos Ricci, associate professor of the history of art and director of the Department of Fine Arts of the Division of Fine and Performing Arts, curated “A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance,” an exhibit at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia about the life work of a remarkably powerful woman who refused to back down in the age of suffrage and changing female roles. Oakley was independent and refused to acquiesce—all while remaining ladylike and dealing with struggles in her own home life. By incorporating Oakley’s work into the classroom, Ricci gives her students an opportunity to learn about a forgotten female force who helped decorate the capitol building in Harrisburg—when, at the time, a man would traditionally have been chosen. The exhibit closed in January.

“Believe in yourself. It sounds like a cliché, but have the courage to believe that you can achieve your goals. … Don’t be afraid to stand alone and overcome a stereotype.”

From the Division of Fine and Performing Arts


Maria Anderson '18

Art Education Major

Maria Anderson, Art Education, 2018, has a passion for teaching art. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts with a Pennsylvania PK-12 teaching certification in May 2018. Three days after graduation, she obtained a position teaching K-6 Art in Penn Manor School District. As a Fine Arts major, Maria was able to combine her love of art with her interests in science and athletics. She incorporated anatomical imagery in her paintings and conducted interdisciplinary research in Biology. Throughout her four years at Elizabethtown College, she was a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field team. Maria’s distinguished career included many awards, scholarships and medals. She demonstrates the value of a liberal arts education at Elizabethtown College that develops the potential of the whole person.

From the Division of Fine and Performing Arts

Sarah Romagnoli

Sarah Romagnoli '16

Art Education Major

Sarah Romagnoli, Art Education, 2016, began her career after E-town with Frederick (MD) County Public Schools and is currently in her third year of teaching at Myersville Elementary School. Dedicated to growing the arts in schools, Romagnoli used her E-town experience of "Educate for Service" to participate in various fundraisers to support local art programs. Romagnoli also serves on the leadership team for the visual and performing arts in Frederick County, writing curriculum and presenting at profesionnal development days for other art teachers in the area. She is continuing her education with a Master's in Instructional Design.

Pathways to careers in art

Studio Art

Do you want to become a professional artist and sell your work?

Major in Studio Art and get practical experience with a minor in Business Administration.

Thinking about becoming a graphic designer?

Combine a Studio Art major with the interdisciplinary minor in Graphic Design.

Do you want to write and illustrate your own work?

Combine the Studio Art major and the Creative Writing minor or the minor in English.

Considering a career as an Art Therapist?

Prepare for admission to a graduate program in Art Therapy with a major in Studio Art and a minor in Psychology. We’ll even provide you with an advisor in each field.

Interested in architecture?

Combine the Studio Art major with the interdisciplinary minor in Architectural Studies or major in Engineering.

Art Education

Do you want to be an art teacher?

Our Art Education program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply for certification to teach from pre-K to 12th grade.

Art History

Would you like to work in a museum or become an art historian?

Prepare for a graduate program in Art History or Museum Studies by majoring in Art History and persuing a minor in a foreign language, Anthropology, History or Religious Studies.

Art on campus

John W. Hess Gallery in Zug Memorial Hall

Exhibitions in the Hess Gallery and the Lyet Gallery bring national and international artists to campus and highlight contemporary trends in the art world. Students have the opportunity to submit their work to the Annual Juried Student Show and every year the graduating seniors display their work in a group exhibition.

Art nearby campus

Art Museum

E-town students have access to nearby major art scenes in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York. Each semester, trips are arranged to view exhibitions. Recent destinations include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Storm King Art Center and Dia Beacon, the Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous house, Fallingwater.