The Homewood Art Workshops were established in 1974 as an informal opportunity for Hopkins students, regardless of experience, to learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting. The painter and former president of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Eugene Leake was the first director of the program.
As the Workshops’ popularity steadily increased enrollment, painter Craig Hankin was hired in 1980 to share the teaching duties. Homewood’s first studio art course for academic credit was presented the following year, and today all classes are accredited. Following Leake’s retirement in 1986, Hankin became the Art Workshops director, bringing in visiting artists such as John Hull (now studio art department chair at the College of Charleston), Kim Parr, Gagik Aroutiunian, and Helen Glazer to enrich the program.
With its move to Mattin Center in 2001, the Art Workshops doubled in size. What began as a one-day-a-week open drawing studio has grown into a well-rounded visual arts program with a superb faculty, offering more than a dozen courses every semester in drawing, painting, photography, cartooning, sculpture, and printmaking.
On its 40th anniversary, and for the first time offering a minor in visual art, the Homewood Art Workshops became the Center for Visual Arts, a name more accurately reflecting its role on the Hopkins campus.