Mary Schiller Myers School of Art

Located in Folk Hall, the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art is one of 22 schools in the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.

Majors and Minors

Bachelor of Fine Art  (BFA)  degrees in the  following areas:

  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Jewelry and  Metalsmithing
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in the  following:

  • Art Education
  • Studio Art

Minors in 12 art areas:

  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Drawing
  • Illustration
  • Metalsmithing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Photography for Non-Art Majors
  • Professional Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Our Faculty

  • Eighteen full-time faculty members personally engaged and committed to student successes
  • More than 20 part-time faculty members who bring current professional experience into the classroom, which offers a competitive blend of expert researchers and applied practitioners working in the industry
  • Our full-time faculty includes two Fulbright Scholars and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Akron Advantage


  • A named school with an endowment that specifically supports student travel, faculty professional development and visiting artist programs
  • A fully integrated Art+Design undergraduate school. Students and faculty work cross discipline
  • Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) since 1979
  • Small class sizes — 15-1 ratio average class size
  • Scholarships available for current students; Dispersed $l20,000 last year to declared art majors
  • Stellar visiting artists, residencies and lecture series annually

Our Facilities

Phenomenal classroom facilities consisting of:

  • 70,000 square feet of learning space with area-specific studios
  • Nationally known Emily Davis Gallery within Folk Hall

Myers School of Art Student Organizations 

Eight active student organizations:

  • Akron Metalsmithing Guild
  • Akron Painting and Drawing League
  • Akron Print Enthusiasts
  • Art History Association
  • Folk Photo Association
  • Seize the Clay
  • Society of Student Illustrators
  • Student Art League
  • Student Design Society

Recent Graduate Placements Include:

  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
  • Massachusetts College of Art & Design  (Boston, Mass.)
  • Parsons School of Design (New York, N.Y.)
  • Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, R.I.)
  • San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • School of Visual Arts (New  York, N.Y.)
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Ill.)
  • University of Northern Texas (Denton, Texas)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Va.)

Internship Placements Include:

  • Intern, Akronist (Akron, Ohio)
  • Intern, Rubber City Prints Studio (Akron, Ohio)
  • Intern,Todd Biss Photography Studio (Akron, Ohio)
  • Forensic Photography Intern, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office
  • (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Front-End Developer, SkyCatchFire (Canton, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, Geometry Global (Akron, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates (Akron, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, Koroseal Interior Products (Fairlawn, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, SoundCioud (New York, N.Y.)
  • Security and Exhibition Installation Intern, Akron Art Museum (Akron, Ohio)
  • Visitor Engagement Associate, MOCA Cleveland (Cleveland, Ohio)

Employment Placements Include:

  • Art Handler, 212 Gallery (Aspen, Colo.)
  • Art Teacher, Classical Charter Schools (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, Ill.)
  • Associate Professor, Purdue University (West  Lafayette, Ill.)
  • Associate Professor, Youngstown State University (Youngstown, Ohio)
  • Bench Jeweler, Sterling Jewelers (Akron, Ohio)
  • City Photographer, City of San Francisco (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Digital Designer, Bandujo Advertising + Design (New  York, N.Y.)
  • Elementary Art Teacher, Akron Public Schools, full time (Akron, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), (Washington, D.C.)
  • Graphic Designer, David Stark Design (New York, N.Y.)
  • Graphic Designer, Kleidon & Associates (Akron, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, Sterling Jewelers (Akron, Ohio)
  • Jeweler, TAP Studios (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Jeweler Owner and Operator, Exquisite Corpse (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
  • Medical Photographer, Cleveland Clinic Dermatology and Plastic Surgery
  • (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Middle School Art Teacher, Canton City Schools (Akron, Ohio)
  • Product Line Designer, American Greetings (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Studio Manager and Secondary Photographer, Todd Biss Photography Studio (Akron, Ohio)
  • UX Design Freelancer (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Visitor Engagement Associate, Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Web Designer, Invent Now Inc. (Canton, Ohio)

Sample Curriculum

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School of Art

Contact: Sofia Calderwood

Career Opportunities

  • Artist
  • Art Consultant
  • Curator/Museum Professional
  • Educator, K-12/University Professor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Jewelry Designer/Production Artist
  • Motion Graphic Designer
  • Photographer, Fine Art or Commercial 
  • Printmaker
  • Studio Assistant
  • UX/UI Designer
  • Web Designer

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.