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Students look at installation art inside the York College Galleries

Fine Art

Challenging. Fulfilling. Boundless. Use a degree in fine arts to explore your potential as a professional artist.

Explore mediums from photography and painting to drawing and sculpture. Immerse yourself in the history of art so that you can understand where you want to take it next. Lose yourself in creating your own professional body of work that you’ll give a lecture on as part of our senior fine art exhibition hosted in a professional, public gallery.

Our Fine Art major is designed to prepare you for entry into a wide array of professional positions: illustrator, teacher, art director, art critic, studio/commercial photographer or independent artist, to name a few. At York College, you’ll master technical processes, understand the role of cultural history as an influence upon artistic expression, develop verbal and visual communication skills, and know the importance of creative and original thinking. That all translates to a more well-rounded artist, with a polished portfolio to help your professional pursuits or post-graduate studies.

Want to take the first, important step in a lifelong career as an artist? Submit a portfolio to seek acceptance into our art program! It’s a requirement for admission.

The Fine Art Exhibition gives students the chance to show their body of work to the community in a professional gallery setting. Download a transcript of this video.
York College fine art students get practice at a variety of art techniques
Master technical processes, develop your artistic expression, and add to your portfolio. You'll graduate a well-rounded artist.

Your future in Fine Art

The life of an artist offers rewards unlike those of any other profession. We approach art as a profession. Our graduates have gone on to work for Capital Blue Cross, Dentsply International, George Washington University, Under Armour and York Wallcoverings Inc. You can consider such careers as:
  • Art consultant, art educator, art therapist
  • Painter, photographer, independent artist
  • Silkscreen artist, public artist, printmaker
  • Gallery owner, jewelry designer
  • Illustrator, and more.

The ideal setting to display your work York College Galleries

Our galleries feature custom art exhibits (street artist Gaia, pictured, created a York-themed mural), nationally touring exhibitions and invitational shows, as well as faculty and juried student shows. In addition to space in Wolf Hall, there's our recent acquisition, the Marketview Arts building in downtown York.

  • Matthew Clay-Robison, Gallery Director
YCASE Faculty Exhibition
Aug. 24 - Sept. 26, 2018
1st Floor, Marketview Arts
This exhibition celebrates the creative output of high school art teachers in the York Community Arts Scholars program.
Faculty Biennial Installation
Faculty Biennial Exhibition
Aug. 24 - Sept. 26, 2018
3rd Floor, Marketview Arts
Offering an opportunity to see works from full- and part-time faculty from the Division of Art, this exhibit features award-winning pieces including The Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award.
Kirsten Leenaars
Kirsten Leenaars: (Re)Housing the American Dream
Sept. 6 - Oct. 12, 2018 Reception/Artist Q&A: Sept. 6, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., York College Galleries (Wolf Hall)
Kirsten Leenaars worked with middle-school students, recording their personal histories and experiences to explore the real and imagined reality of the American Dream.
Women’s Rights Are Human Rights
Women's Rights are Human Rights
Oct. 5-27, 2018
1st Floor, Marketview Arts
This sampling of a larger exhibit has been organized and curated by Elizabeth Resnick to complement the What Were You Wearing and #metoo exhibits running concurrently at Marketview Arts.
What were you wearing?
What were you wearing?
Oct. 5- 27, 2018
3rd Floor, Marketview Arts
This installation asks participants to understand that it’s never about clothing choice and removing those clothes is never enough to bring peace to survivors.
Our Town Exhibit
Adam DelMarcelle: Our Town
Oct. 25 - Nov. 20, 2018
Brossman Gallery
Adam DelMarcelle’s installation investigates the current landscape of the heroin and opioid epidemic and how communities and institutions are responding to the crisis.
Epidemic: an exhibition by Dr. Eric Avery and Adam DelMarcelle
Epidemic: an exhibition by Dr. Eric Avery and Adam DelMarcelle
Oct. 25 - Dec. 19, 2018
Cora Miller Gallery
Combined with Adam DelMarcelle’s, What Heroin Sounds Like, Dr. Eric Avery’s woodcuts are made in response to his experience with disease and creates a place to foster important conversation.
York Community Arts Scholars Exhibition, Volume 3
Nov. 2-20, 2018
3rd Floor, Marketview Arts
A high--profile juror chooses finalists from the best artwork created by local high school students and selects award winners.
Jessica Jane Julius
Artist-in-Residence: Jessica Jane Julius
Dec. 7, 2018 - Jan. 19, 2019
1st and 3rd Floors, Marketview Arts
Temple Professor Jessica Jane Julius's community-based installation will examine the culture of fear through the lens of visual and performing arts.
Fall Senior Exhibition
Dec. 7 - 19, 2018
Brossman Gallery
This exhibition features work from students in their last semester. Fine Art seniors display their final bodies of work. Graphic Design seniors show final studio projects.
Graphic Design Lecture: Ellen Lupton
Graphic Design Lecture: Ellen Lupton
Feb. 27, 2019, 5:30 p.m
DeMeester Recital Hall
Ellen Lupton, AIGA Gold Medalist, is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in NYC, as well as author of numerous books and articles on design.
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Mar. 14 - Apr. 2, 2019
York College Galleries
Annual exhibit featuring select works from Fine Art and Graphic Design students. Works are selected by guest jurors from student submissions that are exceptional and exhibit well together.
Graphic Design Senior Exhibition
Graphic Design Senior Exhibition
Apr. 12-27, 2019
York College Galleries
The senior Graphic Design Exhibition features works of students in their last semester. Students present their senior projects, demonstrating growth and achievements in the program.
Fine Art Senior Exhibition
Fine Arts Senior Exhibition
May 3-15, 2019
York College Galleries
The senior Fine Art Exhibition features works from students in their last semester. Students present their senior projects, demonstrating growth and achievements in the program.
Brent Brown, art exhibit called Puppets
Brent Brown: Puppets
May 3 - June 1, 2019
1st Floor, Marketview Arts
A brain injury made gaining access to art materials of his choice difficult, but Brown has access to paper, corrugated board, glue, and acrylic paint to craft puppets.
Matthew Apol
Lexus Gore '18: The 7th Annual Appell Fellowship Exhibition
June 5 - July 5, 2019
Cora Miller Gallery
The Appell Arts Fellowship is a yearlong residency program housed in Marketview Arts. This exhibition is the culminating experience showing the work from their Fellowship year.
Charlie Barton '10: MidAtlantic
July 18 - Aug. 24, 2019
Marketview Arts
Charlie Barton '10 produces hand-pulled, limited edition silkscreen prints on Masonite in his studio in Baltimore.

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Contact Us
Fine Art
M. Ry Fryar, M.F.A., Coordinator
Wolf Hall, Room 318A
Phone: 717.815.1752
Contact for appt.

Allison Altland
Administrative Assistant

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

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