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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Humanities Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 302
    • tel: 610-499-4341
  • Mara Parker, PhD

    • Associate Dean of Humanities
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 305
    • tel: 610-499-4344

Fine Arts

Why Widener?

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Versatile Arts Degrees

Love art and business? Or have a passion for music and medicine? Want to study dance and law? The Fine Arts program at Widener is very flexible. Fine Arts students can specialize in studio art, dance, music, or arts management and add a concentration in pre-physical therapy or social work to combine the love of the arts within the medical field. Fine Arts is also an excellent preparation for students who wish to pursue a law degree whether at Widener's two law schools or in other top programs.

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Distinguished Faculty

Widener provides opportunities to study and collaborate with internationally recognized artists such as painter Wendy Hatch, dancer Jessica Warchal-King, and jazz trumpeter John Vanore.

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On-Campus Art Gallery

The University Art Collection and Gallery provides a centralized space for student-driven and professional art to be shown throughout the year. Exhibits range from the Alfred O. Deshong Collection of 19th and 20th century American paintings to the modern work of Art for Justice, a mixed media exhibit of incarcerated artist. Fine arts students choosing an arts management concentration may also curate an exhibit with the assistance of museum staff and fine arts faculty.

  • marisa r. santiago '14
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Marisa R. Santiago


The fine arts professors are amazing people, so pick their brains as much as you can and get the most out of every class. Try your best, because it will be tough at times, but it will honestly change your life and prepare you for your future!

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Majoring in Fine Arts at Widener

A fine arts degree at Widener is about more than tapping into a student’s creative side. Students are taught to become leaders and independent thinkers, skills that are attractive to most any employer. Students also develop unique relationships with their professors and peers, and often times build friendships that can last a lifetime.

Potential Careers

  • Visual artist
  • Dancer
  • Musician
  • Museum curator
  • Teacher
  • Art/music/dance therapist
  • Designer/illustrator
  • Physical therapist
  • Arts management
  • Art buyer

Recent Employers

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Elsevier
  • American Heart Association
  • Avon Grove School District
  • Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center

    While students may opt for one of the careers listed on the left, others choose to pursue graduate degrees that allow them to teach at the university level or further develop their skills in visual art, dance, or music. Still others use their finely developed critical thinking and communication skills to present themselves as attractive candidates for employment in publishing and business.