Lisa Bixenstine Safford is a full professor of art history, and art department chair at Hiram College where she also recently served as Chair of the Faculty. While her training was concentrated in 19th and 20th century European and American art history (PhD OSU ‘87), Dr. Safford teaches Ancient, Renaissance, Baroque, Japanese and Indian art as well as courses in her area of greatest expertise. To create many of these courses she participated in a dozen faculty development programs sponsored by the NEH, Fulbright-Hays, AACU, and ASIANetwork that have taken her to Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, India, France and Italy. Dr. Safford has taken Hiram College students to Japan (team-teaching with colleagues in communications), in addition to regular travel with students to France and Italy to learn of the art and culture there. Her next destination in 2018 is Greece. She has team taught classes with a music historian on art and music since the Renaissance, (including a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies MAIS course) and the art and music of New Orleans. She also team-teaches Bohemians and Rebels: Art and Literature of the Roman tic Age, with a professor in the English department, and has prepared a travel course to India with a political science professor. Dr. Safford recently won an Ohio Humanities Grant to teach a graduate course on American Art to high school teachers.Read Full Bio
The study of past and present artistic production–its practitioners, methods, materials, patronage, purposes, and meanings within the culture that gave rise to it–constitutes the discipline of art history. Because art history is deeply enmeshed in the liberal arts, students are prepared to be critical observers and independent thinkers, creative and scholarly writers and speakers, acutely sensitive to aesthetic principles and to diverse cultural viewpoints, and gifted with a lifelong curiosity about the world in which we live.
Hiram College’s art history program is very diverse in its offerings. Students can study the art of ancient times in Asia and the Euro-American west, as well as of their own time and place, and all of the centuries in-between. Students have the enormous advantage of investigating some of the greatest museum holdings in North America very close at home–at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Spaces, the Akron Art Museum, and the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Within an hour drive one may engage with one of the sterling Asian and Western Baroque art collections in America, a hidden gem filled with past American art, and the works of leading artists of our time, among many other first-rate works. And only a short distance further are rich collections in Pittsburgh, Toledo, Detroit, Buffalo and Columbus Museums as well.
Scholarships of up to $1,000 are available to incoming students to study art at Hiram College. Please contact Admission for more information at 330.569.5169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 1,200 square foot gallery is designed for the display of two and three dimensional artwork, as well as installations and digital video and sound exhibitions, and features professional lighting, security, and archives.
The array of ensembles and solo performers, along with the number and variety of concerts and recitals, is a measure of the importance of music to the college, the kinds of students it enrolls, the commitment to their music and the enthusiasm they have for sharing it with the entire community.
In addition to learning technique, skill and craft, Hiram art students learn to be "thinking artists" equipped with visual problem-solving, critical thinking, and visual and verbal communication skills. Students often combine their studies in art with interests in music, writing, communications, education, biology, psychology, environmental science and many other fields.
Theatre arts majors develop knowledge in theatrical performance, technical theatre and design, and theatre history and dramatic literature. By graduation, all students complete at least one component of a production — makeup, props, stage management, etc. Through classroom study, hands-on production experience, and attending professional theatre productions, students will cultivate their passion while developing expertise in the field.
At Hiram College, the study and practice of a craft is paired with an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, providing arts students a variety of career and graduate school options. The photography minor complements many major areas of study and gives students a creative outlet for their passions.