Ohio University in Athens enrolls over 19,000 students. The School of Art + Design has been offering graduate programs since 1936. Within the School of Art + Design there are approximately 75 graduate art majors who come from a variety of geographical backgrounds, both national and international, bringing a broad cultural exchange to the University. The School of Art + Design has a vibrant Visiting Artist and Scholar program, and the Ohio University Art Gallery, Trisolini Gallery and the Kennedy Museum of Art all showcase nationally and internationally known artists, as well as offering graduate students internship opportunities and experience with hanging and exhibiting work.
The School of Art + Design graduate students are highly motivated, talented and conceptually inquisitive. Our exceptional faculty are committed to supporting a diverse range of artistic practices within an interdisciplinary environment. Former graduate students are professional artists and scholars, faculty members at prestigious universities, Fulbright and other national competitive award recipients, and directors of art programs and collections.
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Painting + Drawing Studios
Graduate studios are available on a remote part of campus known as The Ridges. This property is situated atop a large hill overlooking the Hocking River and the entire Athens community. Over 700 acres of woodlands and meadows surrounded over thirty historic buildings that were formerly part of a huge state mental health facility. Established in the middle of the 19th century, this area contained a dairy, a garden, a greenhouse, a nursery, an orchard, farm animals, a power plant and everything needed to create a self-sustained community for fifteen hundred residents. Punctuating this complex is the centerpiece Lin Hall, which houses the Kennedy Museum of Art and the School of Art + Design Graduate Studios. This Victorian-style building with twin spires was administrative headquarters for the mental health facility. It was restored and renovated in 1996 in order to create a museum for the Athens and Ohio University community. The permanent collections include: an outstanding collection of Native American artifacts, a large number of historic photographs, and over 1700 contemporary prints.
The School of Art + Design acquired the third floor east wing in 1999 affording over 15,000 square feet of space for our graduate program. The Ridges Studio complex has become the working home and the center of creative activity for the community of graduate art students. Thirty-two individual studios, two projects spaces, and two galleries offer an arena for experimentation. Students enjoy the rich history and the community atmosphere that help create a stimulating work environment. Multi-media installations, mail art shows, performance art, receptions, and open houses are just a few of the many events that contribute to the continuing vitality of this thriving art center. The Ridges Studios have become a network for artistic attitudes and ideas that flow freely and expand in all directions.