Studio Art and Art History faculty urge students to take advantage of study abroad opportunities available through Washington and Lee University and the hundreds of institutions offering quality programs around the world. Studying a digitized image of a Mayan temple, a Buddhist shrine, or a French Gothic Cathedral provides only one kind of educational experience: seeing these monuments with your own eyes offers a very different, and much more valuable one.
Opportunities for Students
The Department of Art and Art History at Washington and Lee University prides itself on its use of digital resources in the academic curriculum. Students have access to a collection of over 40,000 locally digitized images on the Madison Digital Image Database (MDID) and over one million digital images on the ARTstor databases.
The Student Arts League was started in the Fall of 2009 when the W&L art and art history professors noticed the lack of creative community for students of the arts. The professors began a discussion with their students about the nature of the W&L art community. After this meeting, the students began their own initiative, Arts League, which was and still is geared towards the promotion of the visual and performance arts as well as art history on W&L’s campus.
To honor the life and memory of her husband, I-Hsiung Ju (1923-2012)—a much-loved professor of art and artist-in-residence emeritus at Washington and Lee—Chow-Soon Chuang Ju established the I-Hsiung Ju and Chow-Soon Chuang Ju Endowment for Traditional Chinese Art Studies. The endowment is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for a student to travel to China or Taiwan to study traditional Chinese art (e.g. brush painting or calligraphy) in either a university-approved program or as an apprentice to an artist. The endowment may also fund students traveling to China or Taiwan to enhance his or her study of language and literature. In keeping with Mrs. Ju’s wishes, preference will be given to candidates who want to pursue traditional Chinese art.