Art: Major & Minor


Visual intelligence is more important today than ever before. In our visually oriented society, an understanding of visual communication—historical and contemporary—is vital to an understanding of who we are and what is happening around us. Works of art provide a key to understanding culture, thought and human experience.

Why Southern Virginia

At Southern Virginia University, students engage in the challenging artistic experiences in small classroom settings. Our goal is to cultivate literate, articulate artists with both breadth and depth of artistic experience. The culmination of the undergraduate experience is a group exhibition in which each student presents a focused body of work in a particular medium.

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Faculty Contacts:

  • Barbara Crawford, MFA
  • Doug Himes, MFA – Program Coordinator



Bryce Pendleton ’10
“Professor Himes mentored me in the art program. He taught me to see beauty in a lot of different ways and to live artfully.”
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