About the Program

What is distinctive about studying visual arts at Sweet Briar?

  • Sweet Briar has an impressive collection of art right on campus in its three galleries. As a teaching collection, the art is fully accessible to students and faculty.
  • Students have the opportunity to curate their own exhibitions.
  • The studio art facilities are excellent, especially ceramics and printmaking.
  • Our rigorous capstone experience for studio art seniors is a group exhibition in a Sweet Briar gallery. Much of the artwork for the senior art exhibition is generated for Senior Seminar, a critique forum for majors. The experience incorporates training in all aspects of the students’ senior show — from preparing their work to designing the invitations and collaborating with the catering department. An outside art professor or professional artist attends the exhibition to lead an oral defense and discussion of the students’ work.
  • Students benefit from Sweet Briar’s partnership with the neighboring Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, an internationally renowned artists’ colony for the visual, literary and performing arts.
  • Majors regularly travel to museums and galleries in Richmond, Washington, D.C., and New York. These trips are a critical part of developing engaged global citizens.