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The Center for Visual Arts engages and challenges students in the study and practice of the visual arts to encourage innovative making and thinking, risk taking and creative problem solving that is applicable to research across disciplines. 

Visual arts courses examine contemporary and historical perspectives in art while providing an inclusive environment where ideas are shared and acted upon. 

Central to this mission of challenging students and advancing their knowledge and skills in the arts are classes that offer faculty led cross-disciplinary collaboration within diverse academic programs at JHU and the greater Baltimore community. CVA faculty are accomplished artists, photographers, designers, and illustrators.

Minors and Classes

Students can minor in art or take general elective classes from a diverse curriculum that includes drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture, printmaking, digital photography, fiber art and a range of special topics courses. Through Hopkins’ cooperative programs with MICA and other colleges in the Baltimore area, students can take courses not offered at the Center for Visual Arts.

Each spring, the Hopkins community is invited to attend an exhibition of the year’s best work by CVA students. Additionally, a variety of temporary exhibits are hosted in the department throughout the year.

Events and Visiting Artists

The CVA invites award winning artists to campus every semester to work with students and give a public lecture about their art practice. News and events can be found on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Study Abroad

The photography, painting and drawing departments offer a summer study abroad program at Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. More information can be found on the Study Abroad website.