Marshall University, founded in 1837, is West Virginia’s oldest and one of America’s most progressive state universities. The university enrolls over 15,000 students in baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs. Since the mid-1990s, the university has dedicated the Drinko Library, the Jomie Jazz Center, a $35 million medical center, several dormitory/dining hall complexes, a biotechnology sciences building, student wellness center, and an engineering facility.
The College of Fine Arts includes the epartments of Art and Design, Music, and Theatre; the Birke Art Gallery; Marshall University Theatre; and the Marshall Artists Series, a town and gown performing arts series. Approximately 350 undergraduate majors are pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in art, music, or theatre; 125 students are pursuing art or music teacher certification through the Bachelor of Arts in education; and 40 students are working on graduate degrees in art and music. There are 41 dedicated full-time faculty and 30-35 adjunct faculty in the college.
Huntington is a main street community of 50,000 located in the southwest corner of the state; it is also part of the Huntington, WV, Ashland, KY, and Ironton, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) with a population of 325,000. Huntington is a major medical center and it offers numerous intellectual and cultural opportunities and a beautiful natural environment with many nearby opportunities for outdoor recreation, including snow skiing, mountain biking, boating, and whitewater rafting. Located along the Ohio River and in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Huntington has a mild climate with four distinct seasons, and the cost of living is among the country’s most affordable. Metropolitan areas such as Lexington and Louisville, KY, Cincinnati and Columbus, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington, D.C. are within easy driving distance. More information about Marshall University and Huntington can be found at www.marshall.edu and www.hadco.org.
Presently the Department of Art and Design is conducting a search for an art historian. Learn more here.