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About the Bachelor of Science in Art Program at TROY

Do you have an eye for beauty and composition and a love for creating new things? Come invest in your artistic talents by pursing a bachelor’s degree in art from Troy University!

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“You could say the most rewarding part of earning my degree was the friends I made, or the experiences of going to college. Dior was recognized in the Montgomery 2022 ADDY Awards in which she won a silver for her Thesis Design Invite Card. Dior also served as a ComiCamp advisor during the Summer Spotlight program where she taught and mentored young artists.”
Dior Brown | Tattoo artist apprentice in Nashville, TN.

Embrace Your Inner Artist

As an art major, you will have exciting opportunities to hone your skills and create alongside fellow artists as you pursue your degree. Within this program, you’ll learn foundational skills and develop a deeper understanding of your art form as well as technology and business practices that will help you achieve success within your career. 

Consider Your Options

Once a concentration of interest is chosen, you will explore new methods and work within an environment that celebrates your creative process and also equips you with the practical skills you’ll need to market, effectively exhibit and sell your work. Check out the three art major concentrations below. 
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Art Major Curriculum

While courses may vary from year to year, your coursework may include:
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Art Major

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TROY alum paints historic Lewis portrait

At the naming of John Roberts Lewis Hall, a portrait of the civil rights leader gazes upon Troy University students as they enter the academic building. TROY art major graduate Karvarus Moore had the honor of painting the portrait that will be ingrained in Troy University’s history. Moore is a Montgomery, Alabama native who graduated from Booker T. Washington Magnet High with an eye for the arts.“I’ve been drawing and doodling my whole life,” Moore said. “In high school, I was really into art, painting and drawing. “I came to TROY and had a blast in the art department. There’s a great art community there.”

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Karvarus Moore standing with his portrait of John Lewis in front of John Lewis hall

Careers in Art

As an art student, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with fellow artists from each concentration. The projects you and your peers create will teach you more about collaboration and provide you with rich, portfolio-quality content. You can also deepen your understanding and skills through internships and travel opportunities within the U.S. or abroad!

Faculty Profiles

Greg Skaggs

Greg Skaggs

Greg Skaggs is an active artist who has shown his work throughout the south and southwest and internationally. Notably, he was selected to show nationally in New American Drawings and regionally in Drawing on Alabama, both showcased up-and-coming talent from the United States and throughout the South. Selected works were also chosen for, “Urban Wild” at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama, and “Uncommon Territory– Contemporary Art in Alabama” at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art. Skaggs was selected to be a part of a group show at the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans. He is also a member of IC3 , International Center of Collaboration and Creativity, which has worked on projects in Halmstad, Sweden. He served on the Board of Trustees at the Wiregrass Museum of Art from 2008 – 2015 and currently serves as the Vice-President for Communications for FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education). Skaggs also was appointed to serve on the curriculum board for Advanced Placement–The College Board (associated with Educational Test­ing Services) and spends part of his summer as a reader for AP Studio in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Johnny Farrow

Johnny Farrow

Jonny Farrow (born 1969, Kentucky, USA) works across disciplines: primarily in sculpture, printmaking, painting, sound, and transmission art, researching the liminal, the uncanny, the electromagnetic, and the dubious origins of popular mythologies. Coming out of New York City’s lower east side D-I-Y music scene of the 90s taught Farrow to freely experiment in his work and to see his art practice as being both intuitively and narratively driven. This, he believes, is the influence of songwriting on his practice as he is just as likely to start with a material (a riff) as a narrative (lyrical) or conceptual idea. Recently he has been focusing on kinetic sculpture made from cast bronze, making objects that if not in motion, somehow suggest it. This motion always points to the body, sound, presence or absence, and intent.
Dr. Kenyon Holder

Dr. Kenyon Holder

Dr. Kenyon Holder has taught art history at Troy University for eight years. Prior to her work at Troy, Dr. Holder completed her MA in Museum and Gallery Studies and her Ph.D. in Art History both at the University of Leeds (UK). Her research work focuses on the Wedgwood collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art and she is a frequent contributor at regional and national art conferences. She is particularly interested in the contextualization of material culture within domestic and institutional settings, narratives of collecting, and the distinctions made between the decorative and fine arts.

Three Art Major Concentrations

TROY’s art major program is divided into three concentrations, each led by a seasoned group of creative faculty members who are dedicated to seeing you flourish within your craft and the art world.
2D Studio
Within the world of 2D studio, you will study printmaking, painting, life drawing and mixed media where you will dive into your personal artistic expression. In some of your classes, you’ll explore European and American art in courses tailored to help you appreciate and understand the history that has helped shape your craft, and you’ll also learn and practice new techniques for future creations.
3D Studio
If you’re drawn to all things three-dimensional, TROY’s 3D studio concentration will provide you with the tools and proficiencies you’ll need to pursue a lucrative career in art and design. Your courses will cover important aspects of three-dimensional media, including additive and subtractive techniques. You’ll even have the chance to put your hands to work in 3D ceramics.
Photo Studio
Through the art major’s photo studio concentration, you’ll take your love of photography to the next level. While learning about the history of photography, you’ll roll up your sleeves as you adventure into the darkroom and work with traditional black and white photography. Make sure to get your DSLR camera ready for your courses dealing with contemporary digital photography where you will learn how to best utilize new techniques and your camera’s controls. You’ll also build your skills in videography, editing, research and portfolio building.

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Art on exhibit in the IAC in Troy AL

Active Makers art exhibit features work from TROY alums

The Active Makers exhibit currently on display at the International Arts Center features art of various mediums from different Troy University art graduates.

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