Graduate Studies

Department of Art and Design

Some academic departments, colleges and other areas do not provide a major at the graduate level. However, these areas do offer courses for graduate credit. Permission to use these courses in a degree program must be obtained from the appropriate Departmental Graduate Committee.

Chairperson:  Kathleen M. Myers
Office:  Garwood Hall 32
Telephone: (309) 298-1549 Fax: (309) 298-2605

Graduate Faculty


  • Janece Clough, M.F.A., University of Wisconsin
  • Susan Czechowski, M.F.A., Syracuse University
  • Sherry Lindquist, Ph.D., Northwestern University

Associate Professor

  • Ian Shelly, M.F.A., University of Missouri-Columbia

Associate Graduate Faculty


  • Keith Holz, Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • William Howard, M.F.A., Colorado State University
  • Jenny Knavel, M.F.A., University of Wisconsin
  • Damon McArthur, M.F.A., The American University
  • Kathleen Myers, M.F.A., Miami University
  • Henry Charles Oursler, M.F.A., Georgia Southern University
  • Tim Waldrop, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Associate Professor

  • Ta-Teh Ku, Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington

Course Descriptions

Art Education (ARTE)

437G Media, Methods, & Materials in Art Education. (3) An overview of media, processes, materials, techniques, and methods appropriate for elementary and secondary school classrooms. Content integrates studio courses with art historical and multicultural uses of traditional/non-traditional media, methods, and materials for producing works of visual arts. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

439G High School Art Methods. (3) Students are involved in selecting those learning objectives and situations which emanate from a meaningful art curriculum for the secondary school student. Prerequisites: ARTS 101, 102; ARTE 361 or 360, or permission of the instructor.

560 Methods in Elementary Art. (3) Experiments with art materials to gain insight into the values, curricula, and processes of art activities in the age levels from pre-school into junior high. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

561 Foundations of Art Education. (3) An orientation to the philosophies and theories of the profession of art education, museum/gallery experience, adult education, etc. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Art History (ARTH)

485G Research in Art History. (3, repeatable to 9) An intensive study of a special area of art history selected with the instructor. Prerequisite: 6 to 9 s.h. of Art History courses, ENG 180 and 280; and permission of the instructor.

This repeatable art history course is designed to give students an opportunity for specialized study in specific areas of the history of art. Material covered may not be the same each time the course is offered. Topics covered in this course may deal with a significant artist and his/her time period, with a significant movement, or with significant developments in the history of art. The course is repeatable but only with written permission of the instructor to prevent duplication of coverage.

496G History of Contemporary Art. (3) A survey of post-WWII developments in the visual arts. The primary focus is upon Western art, but attention is also paid to stylistic developments in Asian, African, and Latin American countries. The central interpretive ideas and concerns for the course will be drawn from contemporary art theory and criticism. Prerequisites: ENG 180 or permission of the instructor.

Art Studio (ARTS)

430G Studio Problems in Ceramics. (3, repeatable to 9) Experimental studio projects reflecting a high level of technical, intuitive, and conceptual approaches. Materials charge for course. Prerequisite: ARTS 331 or permission of the instructor.

440G Studio Problems in Drawing. (3, repeatable to 9) Individual problems in drawing selected with the instructor at registration. Prerequisites: ARTS 240 or permission of the instructor.

452G Studio Problems in Painting. (3, repeatable to 9) Assignments will be given individually based on previous efforts and will be directed toward the expansion of an idea and the content/subject matter. The course continues to investigate materials and techniques. Materials charge for course. Prerequisites: ARTS 451 or permission of the instructor.

495G Professional Practices in the Arts. (3) A seminar capstone course devoted to the development of professional practices in preparation for entry into the contemporary art world. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.