A masterpiece revealed
An important 17th-century painting was re-discovered at Meadow Brook Hall by a Detroit Institute of Arts curator, and the partnership with Oakland University and the DIA that sprung from the discovery. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo's, "The Infant Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness," is now on display in the DIA's European Medieval to Renaissance Art gallery and will be there for five years before returning to Meadow Brook Hall.

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The Department of Art and Art History at Oakland University offers B.A. degrees in art history, studio art, and  graphic design as well as minors in all three fields.  Concentrations within studio art include drawing, painting,  photography, and new media. Students also can earn a B.A. in studio art with a certification in K-12 art education

The department's curriculum encompasses both artmaking as an aesthetic expression of intellectual vision and contextual study and research into the exceptional range of aesthetic expression throughout history. Majors and non-majors develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of the visual arts, gain a solid grounding in aesthetic and critical theory, develop technical skills in a variety of artistic media, and expand their abilities to conceptualize and communicate their own vision through aesthetic means.