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He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, and his head, and his heart is an artist.
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Explore your inner artist through classes in painting, drawing, and photography. Beginners and seasoned artists are all welcome. As your confidence grows, you will have the opportunity to exhibit work in group and solo shows.
Located at the base of the industrial outdoor stairs behind Padua Hall, the Art Garage is an appropriate name for the new student work space carved into the former St. Joseph Service Center garage.
For decades The Boiler House generated power for the University, now transformed, this space powers creativity through music performance, visual arts, dramatic readings and poetry. Traditionally staged, the Boiler House presents top regional musicians and offers opportunities for student performance as well. With art exhibits overflowing from the Arts Garage and decor thatʼs redesigned for every performance, the space attracts large student audiences.
The Fine Arts is a vibrant part of the university's core curriculum and students of all majors can choose visual arts courses to meet these requirements.
Those looking for an in-depth visual arts experience may pursue a Fine Arts minor or explore building a self-designed program that complements their major.
Programs of Study in Fine Arts
The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art was founded to provide a cultural resource for the region’s underserved rural population. Today SAMA has five location, yet its first museum is located on the Saint Francis University campus mall, adjacent to the Fine Arts plaza.
With a diverse schedule of world-class exhibitions of American art, award-winning education programs, and ambitious special events, the Museum has become a respected constituent of the region’s cultural landscape.
First established on the campus of then Saint Francis College, SAMA opened its doors in June of 1976 with a permanent collection consisting of forty-seven paintings, drawings, and sculpture, together with a collection of twenty etchings by John Sloan. Michael M. Strueber was appointed as Director, a position he would hold for twenty-four years. The Rev. Sean M. Sullivan, T.O.R., then president of Saint Francis College and a driving force behind the establishment of the Museum, was elected the first president of the Board of Trustees.
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