Hiram College

Developing the artist for the larger world

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.

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Lisa Bixenstine Safford, Ph.D.

Professor of Art History, Chair

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.

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visual learners

The art department strives to engage students in the power of fine art as a visual language. It provides students with opportunities to experience and explore this visual language and its meaning from a creative and historical perspective. Students are nurtured to explore their own creative vision and expressive voice, as well as develop skills that are more broadly applicable to diverse creative disciplines.

Within the context of the liberal arts tradition, Hiram’s art program emphasizes inquiry and experimentation, critical evaluation, personal reflection, collaborative dialogue and a consciousness of the larger world. Hiram’s art department encourages motivated students with diverse academic interests to design their own interdisciplinary course of study. With intimate class sizes, art students receive considerable attention, and enjoy close interaction with art faculty and fellow art students.

  • Gelbke Art Gallery

    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.