A York College art student works on mosiac art covering a chair.

Division of Art

Collaborate and create in an environment that will bring out the best of your artistic ability.

Take advantage of a tremendous opportunity to showcase your works in our campus and downtown art galleries as a Fine Art or Graphic Design major at York College. You’ll be taught by caring professors who will be producing their own artwork for faculty exhibitions. Nationally-renowned artists are regulars on campus. You’ll see them in action creating captivating art installations in the York College Galleries.

You’ll also get instruction on design theory, discuss criticism of art, and get a background in history so that when you are creating, you’re doing it with perspective and context. We strongly believe that better prepares you for a career in the arts — we approach art as a profession. By the time you graduate, you’ll have created self-promotional materials, a resume, an artist statement, and a professional body of work. Our selective program requires an application and portfolio submission. Take the first step to pursuing your dreams of a career in art.

Students getting hands-on graphic arts experience with typography at York College
Fine Art and Graphic Arts students get hands-on experience right away at York College.


  • Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded: A Century of White Women 1915-2015

    Exhibition Dates:  January 16-February 18, 2017, York College Galleries

    Hank Willis Thomas explores notions of virtue, power, beauty, privilege, and desire by selecting advertising portrayals of white women between1915-2015 and removing text or logos identifying the product being sold. He said, "I think what happens with ads when we put text and logos on them, we do all of the heavy lifting of making them make sense to us. But when you see the image naked or unbranded, you start to really ask questions. That's why we can almost never tell what it's actually an ad for because ads really aren't about the products. It's about what myths and generalizations we could attach and the repetition of imagery of a certain type."

    Artist Lecture & Reception Rescheduled to Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:30 PM, DeMeester Recital Hall

    Photo conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas works primarily with themes related to identity, history, and popular culture. His work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R.  Guggenheim Museum, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed permanently at the Oakland International Airport, The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, The Oakland Museum of California, and the University of California, San Francisco. He was recently appointed to the Public Design Commission for the City of New York. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City and Goodman Gallery in South Africa.

    Visit his website:  http://www.hankwillisthomas.com/


  • Guest Artist: James Johnson: Forgetting is Important

    Lecture: February 22, 5:30 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall

    Reception: February 22, 6:30 p.m., Wolf Hall Lobby

    James Johnson is Associate Professor of Photography and Digital Arts at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA. He had solo exhibitions at Vox Populi in Philadelphia as well as Oakland University, Rochester, MI, The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, and Fleischer Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA. His work has been included in group exhibitions in cities such as London, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Seattle. He was the recipient of the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts in 2011 and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Creative Artists Fellowship in 2007 and 2009. Johnson's art makes reference to architecture and issues surrounding representation, economics, and power. He is influenced by Conceptual Art and Minimalism. His studio is in Philadelphia. 

    Check out the artists website:  http://jamesjohnsonstudio.com/

  • Guest Artist: Jan Conradi: On Writing and Design

    Lecture: February 23, 5:30 pm, DeMeester Recital Hall

    Reception: February 23, 6:30 pm, Wolf Hall Lobby

    Jan Conradi, Professor at Rowan University, is a design educator with a primary focus on typography and design history. Her book, Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision, was published in 2014. Her previous book, Unimark International: The Design of Business and the Business of Design, was published in 2010. She has authored numerous articles and her project and course materials have been featured in books by Phil Meggs, Rob Carter, Elizabeth Resnick, and Steven Heller. Conradi has presented at AIGA Education, TypeCon, and the Design Exchange International conferences. She was an Art Director at Wm. C. Brown Publishers in Dubuque, IA. In her spare time, she focuses on letterpress printing, creating artist books and typographic experiments.



  • Annual Juried Student Exhibition

    March 16–April 6, 2017

    Opening Reception: March 16, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

    Graphic Design Juror: Jan Conradi

    Fine Art Juror: James Johnson

    The exhibition features selected work from YCP students taking courses in fine art and graphic design. Students submit work for consideration and guest jurors select works that are exceptional, represent our program, and exhibit well together. Graphic design juror is Jan Conradi, Professor at Rowan University with over 20 years of experience in design education. Fine art juror is James Johnson, Associate Professor at Moore College of Art. His art is influenced by Conceptual Art and Minimalism, and encompasses installation, sculpture, and photography and makes reference to architecture and issues surrounding representation, economics, and power. Awards will be announced at the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Cora Miller Gallery. 

  • Spring Senior Exhibition

    April 28–May 6, 2017

    Presentations: April 28, 5:30 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall

    Opening Reception: April 28, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Wolf Hall Lobby

    The exhibition features the work of students from the Division of Art in their final semester of study at YCP. Seniors majoring in Fine Art display final bodies of work, often organized around cohesive thematic and/or formal concerns. Seniors majoring in Graphic Design exhibit final projects, which began with the introduction of a common design problem that each senior interprets individually. The students work collectively during their final semester to refine their creative vision and learn to present themselves and their work in a professional manner. This process culminates with the Senior Presentations and Exhibition. 

Student Opportunities and Experiences

Art CSeries 2015-16 Felch Appell Fellowship
Appell Arts Fellowship
The competitive Appell Arts Fellowship is awarded to a Fine Arts graduate. They are provided with a yearlong residency in one of the apartments at Marketview Arts as well as a stipend and studio space for the artist to live and work in downtown York. Anya Felch (pictured) is the most recent recipient.
Judy Pfaff Artwork 4
Cultural Series
Faculty and students alike have their artwork on display in exhibitions included in our public Cultural Series events. We also bring in prestigious artists to create and exhibit their work, such as Jefferson Pinder, Sue Coe, and Judy Pfaff.
Bringing national and international artists to York. Showcasing our students' artistry.
York College Galleries
York College Galleries are at the heart of the expanding and thriving art scene in York.
Contact Us
Division of Art
M. Ry Fryar, M.F.A., Fine Art Coordinator
Wolf Hall
Phone: 717.815.1752

Melanie Rodgers, M.F.A., Graphic Design Coordinator
Wolf Hall 301

Allison Altland
Administrative Assistant

Marketview Arts
Galleries - Studios - Events
37 W. Philadelphia St.
York, PA 17401
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