For students searching for a Vermont college of fine arts, one of JSC’s Fine Arts programs may be the perfect fit. Here in our small town, at our small college, we’re blessed with outstanding programs and facilities. This same small town is home to the Vermont Studio Center, which brings the world’s art and artists to our rural doorstep. There’s an amazing spirit and vision shared among artists, students, faculty, administrators and our arts-loving community.
Together, they create the “something magical” that has turned our small town, and our small campus, into a special art center unlike any other.
The visual arts program at JSC began in leftover spaces, spread across the campus in half a dozen buildings. Somehow we managed to forge a shared vision, and our numbers began to grow. In the 1990s we made a great leap forward with the creation of the Visual Arts Center — and for the first time we had a place for all our studios and offices in a single building. With that, our sense of community took off.
It wasn’t long before we filled every corner of the Visual Arts Center and again started spilling into other campus spaces. By then we had a heart, a focus and a clear sense that something amazing was happening here. Then in 2010 the College built what we affectionately call the MARS Lab (for Media Arts Research Studio), launching our media arts program. Now, adding to the mix of creative work that’s long been created here, our students are amazing us with their graphic design, video, animation, sound and other interactive, multi-disciplinary works.
And now we have a fully renovated and greatly enlarged Visual Arts Center, with new studios, classrooms, community space, two galleries, a second Mac lab, a seminar classroom with full projection and, at last, studio spaces reserved for our B.F.A. students in their final semesters.
You’ll notice as soon as you enter the village of Johnson that it’s a town built around art. In the village and up the hill, in every corner of the campus, inside and out— art is everywhere. Something magical indeed has been going on here — all the programs, works of art, performances and venues adding up to far more than their sum, and ready for even more, from you. Join us!
- M.F.A. in Studio Arts
- B.A. in Art
- B.F.A. in Studio Arts
- B.F.A. in Media Arts
- Minor in Art History
- Minor in Studio Arts