Art Department records
Scope and Contents
The Art Department records contain information on students and faculty, including sabbatical forms, faculty vitas, faculty and peer evaluations, correspondence, grade books, scholarships, and student employment papers. There are administrative papers which include course descriptions and evaluations, financial statements, requisition forms, and Advisory Council Minutes. The Art Department records also includes information on past exhibitions in the Ford Gallery such as the EMU Circa ’69, textile exhibits, faculty art exhibitions and theses exhibitions. To correlate with the many programs and exhibitions put on by the Art Department, there are also many promotional materials, clippings and news releases that advertise the events.
The collection is arranged alphabetically and the records date from 1938 to 2013. The collection contains very little documentation of student art exhibitions, examples of faculty and student work, and instead focuses on the administration of the department and the Gallery program.
- 1938 - 2013
- Pappas, John (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.
Conditions Governing Use
Materials contained in box 12 [ARTAG program applications and Julia Meyers' files] are closed for research. Please contact the University Archives with questions.
Drawing classes were offered at the Michigan Normal School in 1868, by 1881 course offerings expanded to include free hand and object drawing, shading and architectural drawing. From 1896-1900, drawing and art course were offered through the Department of Drawing and Geography before a division in the department created the Department of Drawing in 1904. The first mention of an Art Department in the course catalogs for the Michigan State Normal School were in 1913. Currently, the Art Department at Eastern Michigan University is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences and is housed in Ford Hall. The mission of the Art Department is to provide students and faculty with an environment that fosters creative work and research, excellence in teaching and a department wide focus of student centered learning. The Art Department offers majors in Art History, Art, Fine Arts, and K-12 Art Education, as well as minors in Art and Art History. There are also opportunities for graduate students to earn Master’s degrees in Fine Arts, Visual Arts Education and Studio Art. There are several different mediums and areas of study offered to Art Department students which include: ceramics, drawing, fibers, furniture design, painting, and water color.
The Gallery in Ford Hall is an important space for all involved with the Art Department. This is a place where students and faculty alike have the unique opportunity to display their art work for a public audience. Many of the Art Department’s exhibitions and lectures have been held in the Ford Gallery.
22 Linear Feet (11 record center cartons, 1 archive box, 4 oversize folders)
Language of Materials
The Art Department at Eastern Michigan University is part of the College of Arts and Sciences and its mission is to provide students and faculty with an environment that fosters creative work and research, excellence in teaching and a department wide focus of student centered learning. The Art Department records contain information on students and faculty, past exhibitions in the Ford Gallery such as the EMU Circa ’69 exhibit, textile exhibits, faculty art exhibitions and theses exhibitions. There are also many promotional materials, clippings and news releases that advertise the events.
The collection is arranged alphabetically. The records date from 1938 to 2013.
Several art books that were donated with this collection were given to library acquisitions.
- Pappas, John (Person)
- Loeb, Judy (Person)
- Allen, Harold (Person)
- Zahratka, Michael (Person)
- Sharp, David (Person)
- Van Haren , John (Person)
- Tammany, David (Person)
- Cyril, Jasmine (Person)
- Stephenson, Suzzanne (Person)
- Chew, Robert (Person)
- Freeman, Lawrence (Person)
- Rubenfeld, Richard Lee, 1948- (Person)
- Sandell, James (Person)
- Smith, Doris (Person)
- Art Department records
- Elizabeth Searls
- 2013 September 24
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Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository
Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197