Denison University

Denison University, located in Granville, Ohio, was founded in 1831 and is a privately supported, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences, offering three different bachelor's degrees (B.A., B.S., and B.F.A.) among 43 courses of study. Approximately 2,100 full-time students represent 48 states and 33 foreign countries. Denison is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), The Five Colleges of Ohio, and the North Coast Athletic Conference. Denison's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the national scholastic honorary, was installed in 1910.

Denison is celebrating its 175th anniversary, having been founded by the Ohio Baptist Education Society as the Granville Literary and Theological Institution. It held its first classes in an unfinished church, where 20 students were in attendance. By the following year, the school had relocated to a site about a mile west of Granville. It soon became known as Granville College. In 1854, it was moved to the present location on College Hill, immediately overlooking the village and... [ Read All ]


United States

100 West Loop,
Phone: (740) 587-6596

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Location and Getting there

By Car
Denison's 1200-acre hillside campus is in Granville, Ohio, just 27 miles east of Columbus, the state capital. The college is less than 10 miles north of Interstate 70 (Exit 126) on Route 37. This is the best route from the east, west and south.

If coming from the north, you should exit Interstate 71 at Bellville and take State Route 13 south into Mt. Vernon. From there, Route 661 south will bring you the 23 miles to the back entrance of Denison.

By Air
Port Columbus International Airport is about 22 miles from campus and is served by most major airlines. During regular campus visits, Sunday through Friday, student drivers can pick you up at the airport. Driving time to and from the airport is about 40 minutes. We need to have two weeks' advance notice to make these arrangements. During overnight programs, Denison provides scheduled van service to and from the airport.

How Close is Denison to ...?
Cleveland - 2 1/2 hours
Cincinnati - 2 1/2 hours
Pittsburgh - 3 hours
Indianapolis - 3 1/2 hours
Chicago - 7 hours
Washington, D.C. - 7 hours
St. Louis - 8 hours
New York City - 9 hours

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Department and information about the department

Art at Denison
We are living at a time filled with options galore for the serious artist and art historian. Ours is a program that respects the studio art and art history traditions of the past but has a progressive eye to the future. We realize and celebrate the dazzling impact visual culture is having on our contemporary lives.

We offer three art degrees: the B.A. in Art History, the B.A. in Studio Art, and the B.F.A. in Studio Art. We have nine art faculty, five in Studio Art and four in Art History. In art history and studio art, state of the art technology continues to move our program in exciting new directions. Our Studio courses include painting, drawing, life drawing, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, bookmaking, new media/digital technology, photography and performance art. We also offer specialized courses in comics, film, fibers and design. These studio art courses are often taught through the First Year Studies and Honors Programs. Our Art History classes cover the ancient, medieval, renaissance, nineteenth-century, twentieth-century, and postmodern periods of Western Art, African Art (including contemporary/post-c...  [ Read All ]

Academic Staff and Description

Members of the art department faculty are accomplished artists and knowledgeable historians as well as dedicated teachers. The chair of the department is Ronald Abram.

Ronald Abram, Associate Professor, joined the faculty in 1995. He earned his MFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University and received his BFA from the University of Central Florida. His recent work combines the traditional mediums of drawing and printmaking with other forms of artistic endeavor. As an artist and curator, he addresses the relationship of popular culture, community and personal expression in many of these ventures. He has exhibited his work in numerous solo/group exhibitions, here and abroad.

Beti Ellerson, Visiting Assistant Professor, earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in African Studies from Howard University. Her current research is on African Visual Culture and African Women in Cinema.

Joanna Grabski, Associate Professor, joined the Art Department faculty in 2000. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art and African Studies from Indiana University. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art in Africa, especially Senegal a...  [ Read All ]

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News and Events

News and Events

Cleveland Hall will be under renovation from May 2007 - January 2009.


Spring Semester Visiting Artists

German Artist, Jorg Schlinke, March 5-9. Schlinke deals with art in public spaces, often creating large sculptural words of natural materials that give pause to passerbys who encounter them.

Ceramist, Paul Scott, March 19 - 22, with a public presentation on Tuesday evening, March 20. Scott is a fee lance artist, writer and curator.

Monica Vorbeck, April 23 - May 1 with a public presentation on Thursday, April 26. Vorbeck is an Art History professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. She is a renowned independent curator.


Assistant Professor Alexander Mouton was selected to participate in Tergloba Artists' Panel on Sunday, March 11 at the Oakland University Art Gallery in Rochester, MI and in the exhibition "Tergloba." This exhibition runs from March 10 - April 15. The artists in this exhibition come from a diverse and expansive range of nationalities and ethnicities exploring different facets of glo...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Undergraduates

The Art department offers a major in Art History (B.A.) and expects two 100-level Art History (ARTH) courses and one 100-level Studio course to be completed by the end of the second year. All students who plan to major in Art History are strongly advised to seek an adviser/mentor within the Art department at the time of their decision to major. Candidates for the B.A. in Art History are strongly advised to acquire a reading knowledge of languages relevant to areas of interest. Students should expect to work three clock hours per week outside of class for each credit hour of a course.

The Art department offers two different degree programs in Studio Art, a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.). All Studio Art (ARTS) majors are expected to complete two studio courses (110/170 and one course in a three-dimensional area) and one art history course (ARTH 151) as soon as possible after the major is declared. Students who plan to major in Studio Art are strongly advised to seek an adviser/mentor within the Art department at the time of their decision to major. Students who decide to major in Studio Art are require...  [ Read All ]

Information For  International Students

Denison prides itself in offering a culturally diverse environment for its students. Besides interacting with classmates from various backgrounds, international students are given the opportunity to work closely with faculty and staff, in many instances forming long-lasting and very meaningful relationships.

At Denison, the faculty and staff recognize the needs of international students and are supportive of their academic and social endeavors. Non-US students comprise approximately 4% of the student body.  


Student Facilities

Our Facilities
Our studio art program is housed in the 101-year-old Cleveland Hall, a huge neoclassical building with the newly established digital media laboratory housed in nearby Mulberry House- a home for innovation and collaboration shared by the entire fine arts division. Art History courses are taught in the Cleveland Annex with our extensive slide library/visual resource collection for digital images, books and slides.  

Student Support

Our Students
One of the primary goals of the Art Department is to encourage independent and creative thought. Our students are hard workers and are always active in the department. You can walk through the studio building late at night and still find our students at work! Graduating seniors present their original work at the Annual Art Department Symposium and the Senior Show at the Denison University Art Gallery. Our graduates are also high achievers. We have studio graduates studying in graduate schools across the country and working as professional artists. Many of our art history graduates go on to work at major museums or auction houses in this country or abroad, to private art galleries all over the country, to the publishing world, or to post baccalaureate and graduate schools.  

Student Life  


Denison University is unique in that it is one of the few universities nationwide that is fully residential. Virtually all of our 2100 students live on campus. Students benefit tremendously by their participation in the residential aspect of their college experience. Studies have shown that students who live in residence halls have significantly more social interaction with peers and faculty and are more likely to use campus facilities and be involved in extra-curricular activities than students who live off-campus or commute from home. Furthermore, students residing on-campus consistently persist and graduate at significantly higher rates than others not having the residential experience. These are only two of the many positive gains of the residential experience, and this experience is one of the factors that makes Denison an outstanding institution of higher education.  

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