The Fine Arts Department is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the arts in both Western and non-Western cultures across a host of different disciplines, including Studio Art, the Visual Arts, Film Studies, Music (history and performance), and related disciplines. We offer a critical approach to art and identity through an interdisciplinary lens that engages topics from politics and the environment to health and social justice. Course themes encompass historical and contemporary approaches while offering a comprehensive survey of different perspectives. Recent offerings include: "Art and Activism," "Music and Disability," "Documentary Film and Video," "Global Contemporary Cinema," and "Imagining the Nation: Music and the Process of Nation Building."
All classes are taught by a distinguished faculty who are leaders in their respective fields. Each year, our faculty present research across the United States and abroad, publish research in leading journals, and serve as facilitators in artistic projects that range from community-based performances to international exhibitions. Visit the Fine Arts faculty page to learn more about their research and activities.
At Misericordia University, “All are Welcome” to explore the arts by taking music lessons or studio art classes (many are offered for credit), applying for research grants to work alongside a faculty member, or participating in any number of cultural events that take place each semester.
Students also have the opportunity to complete a minor in:
Minor programs are designed to complement most major programs offered by the University and prior experience is not necessary.
The Fine Arts Department also contributes to the vibrant cultural life on campus by collaborating with other departments to host performance ensembles, interactive workshops, film screenings, art exhibits, festivals, guest artists, and much more!
To find your home for the arts here at Misericordia University, begin by exploring our pages to learn about the many exciting opportunities we offer and contact any member of our faculty to learn more.
Fine Arts in the News
- Dr. Watson co-edited (with Sarah Hamblin, UMass) a special issue of Studies in Documentary Film entitled "Radical Documentary in the Globalized Age of New Media."
- The Fine Arts Department has been awarded a grant by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts for its 2019-20 Series, "Intersections: (Dis)ability and the Arts"
- The Fine Arts Department welcomes Dr. Kara Carmack to its faculty. Click here to read her bio.
- Dr. Weber presents research at the Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies (Bergen, Norway). Click here to read more about it.
- Dr. Watson publishes new article: "In the Wakes of Rodney King: Militant Evidence and Media Activism in the Age of Viral Black Death" (University of Texas Press). Click here to read more about it.
- Dr. Weber publishes new book: Cosmopolitanism and Transatlantic Circles in Music and Literature (Palgrave 2018). Click here to listen to Dr. Weber's interview with Erika Funke on WVIA. View an overview of the book by visiting the website for “Palgrave Studies in Music and Literature”.