Visual imagination, creative invention.

In the Studio Art program at Mercyhurst University, we emphasize hands-on learning, craftsmanship, and design, and strive for excellence in the production of art. Faculty provide the environment and guidance to for students to develop a disciplined approach to the making of art. The Studio Art major is one of four programs of study in the Art Department including Art Education, Art Therapy, and Graphic Design. All first-year students are enrolled in the same foundation year art classes and have the flexibility to explore these four programs.

Fast Facts

  • Studio Art majors can choose to customize their studio courses to focus on areas of study such as ceramics, digital imagery, painting or photography, or they can generalize and take a wide range of media courses

  • Studio Art majors take the Senior Art Thesis course to develop a portfolio of work that is shown in the annual Senior Art Thesis Exhibition in the regionally renowned Sister Angelica Cummings Art Gallery

  • With the flexible curriculum, Studio Art majors are able to try courses in other art major areas such as Graphic Design, Art Education or Art Therapy


Studio space is always available for our students, unlike at large schools where space may be limited. All Studio Art majors graduate with a fully prepared portfolio to use in graduate school interviews.

shannon kutos


Hands-on instruction and experience prepares our students to pursue careers in design, publication, and gallery and museum work. Artwork created by our alumni can be seen in galleries throughout the world.


Students are challenged to develop their creative potential through the varied experiences and disciplines of the art field; department-sponsored field trips, art education and art therapy clubs, slide lectures, workshops and exhibitions provide enrichment for students.

Contact Us

Gary Cardot, MFA
Assistant Professor
Office: Zurn 135A
Phone: 814-824-2529