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Mark Holmes

Associate Professor & Chair of Art

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7327

mholmes@​knox.edu

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Requirements

Requirements for the majors

Art History

10 credits as follows:

  • Studio art: three credits, at least one of which is at the 200-level
  • Art history: six credits
  • Senior Research in Art History: ART 399A.

With permission of the chair, up to 2 credits in related studies outside the department may be counted toward electives in the major.

Studio Art

11 or 12 credits as follows:

  • Art history: 3 credits including ART 226 or ART 246 and 2 other Art History courses, with the exception of ART 105
  • Drawing: ART 110
  • Media Specialization: one 100-level and one 200-level course in a single medium (painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, or photography)
  • Topics: ART 280
  • Advanced Intermedia Studio Workshop: ART 351 (must be taken twice for a total of 2 credits)
  • Open Studio: ART 390 (2.5 credits winter term senior year)
  • Exhibit Practicum: ART 392 (0.5 credits spring term senior year)
  • Senior show: (0 credits)

With permission of the chair, up to 2 credits in related studies outside the department may be counted toward electives in the major.

A double major in Studio Art and Art History is permissible under the restriction that at most two courses can count toward both majors; additionally, for the Studio Art major one of the required credits in Art History is replaced by a credit from an allied field of study selected from: DANC 260, ENG 363, PHIL 211, PHIL 246, or THTR 151.

Requirements for the minors

Art History

5 credits as follows:

  • Studio Art: One 100-level course
  • One art history survey course: ART 105 or ART 106
  • Three art history courses at the 200-level or above

Studio Art

6 credits as follows:

  • ART 110
  • Two 100-level studio art courses
  • Two studio art courses at or above the 200-level
  • Art History: 1 credit

Design

6 credits as follows:

  • ART 110, 112, and 212
  • ART 220
  • Allied skills: 1 course from ART 113, 115, 118; JOUR 118, 218; CS 303, CS 340
  • Theory/History: 1 course from ART 226, 232; JOUR 123, 272

A major-minor combination in Studio Art and Art History or Studio Art and Design is permissible under the restriction that at most one course can count toward both specializations.

Course Descriptions

ART 105. Art History I (AH). (1)

Surveys painting, sculpture and architecture with emphasis on the Western world from their origins in prehistory through the Middle Ages. While the focus of the course is on Western traditions, issues and works from non-Western cultures are also treated. The course aims to develop a sense of visual literacy and an iconographic knowledge of art while examining key works in various historical, religious, political, philosophical and socio-cultural contexts. HUM; Offered every Fall; G. Gilbert;

ART 106. Art History II (AH). (1)

Surveys the painting, sculpture and architecture of the Western world from the Renaissance to the present. While the focus of the course is on Western traditions, issues and works from non-Western cultures are also treated. The course aims to develop a sense of visual literacy and an iconographic knowledge of art while examining key works in various historical, religious, political, philosophical and socio-cultural contexts. HUM; Offered every Winter; G. Gilbert;

ART 110. Drawing I (AS). (1)

Drawing is a means of visual understanding, discovery, and invention. Working from settings and life models, students learn to shape visual relationships with line, composition, proportion, space, and volume. Using a range of media including graphite, charcoal, ink, and collage, drawing is explored through both historical and contemporary artistic perspectives. ARTS; Offered every term; Staff;

ART 112. 2-D Design (AS). (1)

An introduction to manipulating two-dimensional visual elements and relationships through both material and digital means. The course explores concepts and methods that are the basis of design. The goal is to learn how visual relationships function as a vehicle that informs, persuades, or compels, and to develop a critical awareness of design's pervasive role in shaping values and emotions. ARTS; Offered every Fall and Winter; Staff;

ART 113. Painting I (AS). (1)

An introduction to the variety of approaches, means, and problems of contemporary painting. Addresses the foundations of visual organization, such as color, shape, and space within a painted surface. Students learn basic control of the medium through projects in still life, figure, landscape, and abstraction. Work is presented at weekly group critiques. ARTS; Offered every Fall; Staff;

ART 114. Photography I (AS). (1)

Includes fundamentals of exposing, developing, printing, and displaying black and white photographs. Group critiques of class work. Students supply camera, film, printing paper, and mounting supplies. Darkroom facilities and processing chemicals are supplied with a lab fee applied. This course focuses on both technical competence and conceptual creativity. ARTS; M. Godsil;

ART 115. Printmaking I (AS). (1)

Students learn to produce imagery in monotype, drypoint, and relief. Through critical texts and visual works, the print is considered from its historical use as reproduction and distribution of information, through contemporary and experimental approaches. Beginning with directed assignments focusing on key techniques and ideas, the course concludes with a self-defined final project for students to pursue images, processes, and ideas specific to their interests. Course fee required. ARTS; Offered every Fall and Winter; A. Ferrigno;

ART 116. Ceramics I (AS). (1)

An introduction to the material and visual foundations of clay art. The course exposes students to several distinct creative uses of clay, including pottery traditions, sculptural and altered vessels, and hand-building. Emphasis is placed equally on developing material skill and visual understanding. Students produce a portfolio of work reflecting their progress over the term. ARTS; Offered every Winter and Spring; M. Holmes;

ART 117. Sculpture I (AS). (1)

An introductory creative exploration of the ideas and practices of contemporary sculpture. The course broadly exposes students to the material, visual, and conceptual foundations of modern and recent sculpture. Students complete four directed and one independent project with the goal of developing their own understandings and creative interests. ARTS; Offered every Fall and Winter; M. Holmes;

ART 119. Digital Photography I (AS). (1)

Includes fundamentals of composition, proper exposure, and image editing processes. Students may provide a suitable digital camera, or the college will have a limited number of digital cameras for check out. PhotoShop software is used to edit photos, but this is not primarily a course to learn PhotoShop. Weekly group critiques of class work. This course focuses on both technical competence and conceptual creativity. ARTS; Students may not receive credit for both ART 119 and JOUR 119; Offered every term; M. Godsil;

ART 163. Landscape Painting (AS). (1)

A beginning painting course with a specific emphasis on working from the landscape. Students investigate a variety of approaches when working directly from the landscape or working from memory of a place. Central to the course is Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space, a philosophical study of place - rooms, forests, shells - in the poetic imagination. In conjunction with visual issues such as space color and composition the course will focus on poetic, historical, and psychological experience of place. ARTS; Offered every Spring; L. Lombard;

ART 202. Greek Art and Architecture (AH). (1)

Greek vase-painting, sculpture, and temple-architecture are surveyed with attention to style and chronology as well as to the political, social, and intellectual contexts in which the works were created. HUM; Cross Listing: CLAS 202; S. Fineberg;

ART 204. Roman Art and Architecture (AH). (1)

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to Roman art - sculpture, painting, architecture and minor arts - from the time of the Etruscans through the era of Constatine (c. 1000 BCE - c. 400 CE), with particular attention given to the relationship between Roman art and society. Among other topics, we will study the impact of both Etruscan and Greek art and architecture on that of the Romans, Augustan Rome, the houses and paintings preserved in Pompeii, Roman architecture and the projection of Roman imperial power, sexuality in Roman art, art and architecture in the Roman provinces and the era of Constantine and the shift to Christianity. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ART 105 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: CLAS 204; Staff;

ART 210. Drawing II (AS). (1)

ARTS; Staff;

ART 212. Two-Dimensional Design II (AS). (1)

Building on understandings developed in Art 112, students will practice manipulating visual elements and relationships inherent to graphic design using both material and digital methods. Emphasis is placed on solving visual problems by applying principles of formal hierarchy, information clarity, and typographic communication. Practice is framed by discussions and readings concerning the influence of design in contemporary culture. Prerequisite(s): Art 112, previous design experience, or by permission of the instructor; Offered odd years Spring; T. Stedman;

ART 213. Painting II (AS). (1)

ARTS; Prerequisite(s): ART 113; Offered every Winter; L. Lombard; T. Gant;

ART 214. Photography II/Digital Photography II (AS). (1)

Students select one or two photographic projects and explore those in depth. Weekly group critiques of work, and class discussions of assigned readings. Students who have only completed ART 114 will be required to work only in analog black and white film. Students who have only completed ART 119 or JOUR 119 will be required to work only in digital images. Students who have completed both 114 and 119 may work in black and white film or digital or both. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): ART 114, ART 119 or JOUR 119, or permission of the instructor; Students may not receive credit for both ART and JOUR 214; Offered every Winter; M. Godsil;

ART 215. Printmaking II (AS). (1)

Builds on experience and knowledge from Printmaking I. Projects expand understandings of printmaking techniques. Processes include woodcut and linoleum relief and copper etching. Includes an intensive exposure to color theory based on the work of Joseph Albers. Students will be challenged to engage with contemporary critical concepts by researching and presenting the work of influential artists. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): ART 115; Offered every Spring; A. Ferrigno;

ART 216. Ceramics II (AS). (1)

Students work with increased independence toward defining their own creative interests in the medium. Includes technical instruction in ceramic materials and firing techniques. Students research and present the work of contemporary and experimental clay artists, to develop awareness of contemporary ideas and practices. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): ART 116; M. Holmes;

ART 217. Sculpture II (AS). (1)

Builds on concepts and techniques from Sculpture 1. Students are encouraged to work with increased independence towards defining their own creative agenda. Includes technical instruction in welding, woodworking, plaster casting. Students research and present on modern or contemporary artists to develop a critical awareness of sculptural practices. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): ART 117; Offered every Spring; M. Holmes;

ART 220. Typography: Designing with Type. (1)

Even in our digital world, the ability to shape and work with letters to visually convey meaning is an elemental skill of design. Through exercises and assignments, students will build the skills and understandings necessary to typographic design and related arenas. Studio assignments, readings, and discussions will expose students to foundational problems and methods. Prerequisite(s): ART 110 or ART 112 or ART 115 or JOUR 118 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: JOUR 220; Offered even years Spring; T. Stedman;

ART 221. Native Arts of the Americas: Their History and Cultural Legacy (AH). (1)

Surveys the art of the native peoples of the Americas with a focus on the ancient art of Mesoamerica and the Andes, as well as cultural artifacts of native American Indian peoples. Considers methodological and cultural issues of studying non-Western artistic traditions in conjunction with a critical examination of the cultural legacy of native arts to more recent artistic developments. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ART 105, ART 106, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: LAST 221; W; DV; Offered even years Winter; G. Gilbert;

ART 223. Renaissance Art and Architecture (AH). (1)

European architecture, sculpture, and painting of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Emphasis on such major figures as Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Michelangelo, Van Eyck, Durer, Titian, Gentileschi, and Giotto in the context of pictorial and sculptural form and religious, philosophical and cultural beliefs. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ART 105, ART 106, or permission of the instructor; L. Lombard;

ART 224. Baroque Art and Architecture (AH). (1)

Seventeenth century European painting, sculpture, and architecture. Special attention is given to major artists such as Bernini, Gentileschi, Poussin, Rubens, and Rembrandt in the context of social, political, cultural and religious trends. Particular emphasis is given to such topics as artistic identity, gender, Baroque theories of visuality, and the role of art in relation to Absolutism. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ART 105, ART 106, or permission of the instructor; W; Offered odd years Spring; G. Gilbert;

ART 225. Nineteenth Century European and American Art and Architecture (AH). (1)

Treats major movements from Neoclassicism to Post-Impressionism and examines artists such as David, Turner, Delacroix, Monet, Cezanne, Rodin, and Van Gogh in the context of political, social, and philosophical trends. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ART 105, ART 106, or permission of the instructor; W; Offered even years spring; G. Gilbert;

ART 226. Twentieth Century European and American Art and Architecture (AH). (1)

Emphasis is primarily on European painting, sculpture, and architecture from 1900 to World War II. Special attention is given to major artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky and Mondrian with an emphasis on examining modern aesthetic movements in relation to issues of radical and utopian politics, philosophy, spiritualism, psychological theory, and gender. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ART 105, ART 106, or permission of the instructor; W; Offered odd years Fall; G. Gilbert;

ART 246. Contemporary American and European Art (AH). (1)

Examines key formal and critical developments from the 1940s to the present within a social context. Considers the relation of late modernism and postmodernism to issues of philosophy, cultural history and politics. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ART 105, ART 106, or permission of the instructor; W; Offered even years Fall; G. Gilbert;

ART 247. Knox in New York (ASAH). (1)

A unique Fall Term course that extends into Winter Break, and combines Studio Art with Art History. During fall students participate in a seminar course that focuses on European and New York artists and art movements from the early 20th century to the present. During ten days in New York, students visit galleries and museum collections, present a research project, and attend drawing classes and lectures at the Studio School. In the last week, students return to Knox to resolve a body of work based on their experiences in New York. Prerequisite(s): ART 110, one 200-level Art History course, and one 200-level Studio Art course, or permission of the instructor; The cost of the New York segment is covered by a special program fee; Offered odd years Fall; L. Lombard; T. Gant;

ART 248. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

ART 261. American Art, Architecture and Culture (AH). (1)

This course is a selected overview of the history of American art from the late eighteenth century through the mid-twentieth century with an emphasis on art as part of a larger material culture related to political, socio-economic and intellectual trends. A major concern is the contribution of visual culture to the conceptualization of American national identity in light of changing views associated with nature, labor, race, gender and sexuality. A special topical issue is the influence of American Transcendental and Pragmatist philosophy on the development of artistic styles and themes. Prerequisite(s): ART 105 or 106, and/or HIST 160 or 161 are recommended; Cross Listing: AMST 261; W; Offered odd years Winter; G. Gilbert;

ART 280. Topics in Artistic Practice. (1)

Since the early twentieth century, art has expanded to be all kinds of things that don't fit within traditional categories. Contemporary artistic practices include environmental and site-specific art, video and performance, political actions, social practices, community-based works, collaborations with scientists, and works incorporating light, sound, or motion. Each offering of this course allows students to explore a new or alternative mode of artistic practice, with creative projects framed by technical or material instruction, critical/historical readings, and discussions. Prerequisite(s): Two studio art courses or permission of the instructor; Offered at least once per year - Fall or Spring; Staff;

ART 280H. . (1)

Using monotype and relief processes, students will explore the inherent characteristics of printmaking - chance, variation, and experimentation - to create work that combines printmaking with bookmaking, video, and installation. Prerequisites: One of ART 110, 112, 113, 115 or by permission.

ART 295. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Art not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

ART 323. Visual Culture Theory. (1)

This course examines the emerging interdisciplinary field of Visual Culture Theory and will introduce students to a study of modern and post-modern discourses on vision and visuality. Drawing from art history, sociology, psychology, film and media studies, Marxism, feminist and post-colonial theory, Visual Culture Theory analyzes the role of visual images in shaping philosophical, cultural, political, racial and sexual notions of identity. The course also investigates the meaning of images in relation to such popular media as photography, film, television, video, animation, advertising, pornography and the digital culture of the web. Prerequisite(s): A course in Film Studies, ENG 200, or a 200-level Art History course; Cross Listing: FILM 323;IDIS 323; DV; Offered even years Spring; G. Gilbert;

ART 326. Curriculum Development and Teaching in Art (K-12) (AS). (1)

An independent study course for Art (K-12) specialists. Students examine art materials, activities and instructional methods appropriate for the K-12 classroom, with an emphasis on elementary. Projects are determined through consultation with art teachers in public schools. Prerequisite(s): One 200-level studio art course; Staff;

ART 342. Interpreting Works of Art (AH). (1)

An overview of the historiography and methodology of art history. Through comparative analysis of interpretive strategies such as formalism, iconography, Marxism, psychoanalysis, feminism, and semiotics, the benefits and limitations of various methodological and theoretical perspectives are considered and debated. HUM; Prerequisite(s): previous work in art history or permission of the instructor; W; Offered odd years Spring; G. Gilbert;

ART 348. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

ART 351. Advanced Studio Workshop. (1)

An intensive critique course with the purpose of providing a challenging and supportive creative environment for serious art students to develop their work as artists. Also provides a context for developing the skills of productive critical discourse, familiarization with influential artists and ideas, and continued technical/material learning. Prerequisite(s): ART 110 and any 200-level studio course and an art history course, or permission of the instructor; May be taken up to three times as a substitute for any 300-level studio course; Offered every Fall and Spring; Staff;

ART 390. Open Studio. (2 1/2)

The culminating experience of the Studio Art major, Open Studio allows seniors to intensively pursue their work in a challenging and supportive creative community. During Winter Term, senior art majors immerse themselves in the studio while spending six hours each week in critical dialogue with a team of faculty members. Weekly meetings with a faculty mentor, studio exercises, and workshops all promote the exploration of new ideas, techniques, and creative directions. Prerequisite(s): One credit of ART 351; O, with successful completion of ART 392. Offered every Winter term; Staff;

ART 392. Exhibit Practicum. (1/2)

Preparation for senior shows. The course includes workshops on gallery practices and regular meetings to develop artists' statements and presentations given publicly at the time of Senior show openings. O, with successful completion of ART 390. Offered every Spring term; Staff;

ART 395. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Art not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

ART 399A. Senior Research in Art History. (1/2 or 1)

Independent study of a selected topic with a faculty mentor and production of a research paper. The research paper is also presented in the form of a conference talk at a departmental symposium, in which students answer questions from the audience. O; Staff;

ART 400. Advanced Studies. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff;

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