The Center for Visual Arts (CVA) provides a studio environment where students can pursue their creative interests. Students can minor in art or take general elective classes from a diverse curriculum that includes drawing, painting, cartooning, architectural drawing, sculpture, printmaking, digital photography, and special topics. CVA faculty are accomplished artists, photographers, designers, and illustrators.

The study of visual arts encourages students to become engaged observers, creative problem solvers, and skilled practitioners in visual and design practices. CVA faculty teach creativity, which is applicable and valuable in every avenue of human endeavor. The process of making art teaches perceptual skills, which improve the process of thinking and reasoning. The ability to be flexible in the interpretation of data is a key component of success in research, and making art helps students develop cognitive flexibility. Students are encouraged to move beyond the boundaries of the studio and engage with the university and larger Baltimore community.

The Center for Visual Arts offers an art minor for students who seek a more advanced course of study in the digital and fine arts practices. 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 the Studio Show, an exhibition of the year’s best work by CVA students. Additionally, a variety of temporary exhibits are hosted in Mattin Center throughout the year.

The photography department offers a summer study abroad program at Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. More information can be found on the Study Abroad website.

Visiting Artists

The Center for Visual Arts invites a contemporary artist each semester to conduct a workshop with students and present their work to the public in the Visiting Artists Series.

2019 Visiting Artists

Susan Hamburger – Nov. 7 in the Shriver Hall Clipper Room

Chitra Ganesh – April 1 in Gilman 50

Past Visiting Artists

Dahlia Elsayed

Barry Blitt
Amy Sherald

Ben Katchor
Catherine Kehoe

Steve Brodner
Jane Dickson

Gilbert Hernandez
Kyle Staver

Lennart Anderson
J.J. Sedelmaier

Richard Kendall
James Sturm

Kim Deitch
Nicholas Evans-Cato

Lynda Barry
Stuart Shils

Barry Nemett
Diana Horowitz

Bill Griffith
Paul Hotvedt

Vincent Desiderio
Neil Riley

Phoebe Gloeckner
Armistead Leigh

John Hull
Israel Hershberg

Patrick Webb

Nicholas Evans-Cato
Kevin Kaliher, ’90