Lyme Academy College Ranked 7th Best Arts College in Nation
Lyme Academy College Ranked 7th Best Arts College in Nation

by Karen Grava
Director of Media Relations


Jane Gordon Julien
UNH Today Contributing Writer

A new ranking of the 20 best deals on small colleges for aspiring artists ranks the UNH’s Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts the seventh best in the country. The ranking was developed by a guide called Great College Deals, whose mission is to provide high-quality, well-researched rankings and other resources for individuals looking for an affordable college education.

“UNH’s Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts has intentionally cultivated an inclusive environment that provides remarkable opportunities and arts training to its students in drawing, illustration, painting and sculpture,” said Todd Jokl, campus dean. “We aspire to provide a world-class education in a very intimate setting with a culture that supports rigorous approaches to the arts.”

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts has been named one of the best art schools in the U.S.

In addition to the specialized arts campus of Lyme Academy College, Jokl said, BFA students now also have access to the wide breadth of courses at UNH and access to the satellite campus in Tuscany. “The partnership provides remarkable resources to students at Lyme,” he said.

The ranking was created using information from the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. Schools selected for the ranking offer advanced fine arts learning facilities, international exchange opportunities, experiential learning, frequent exhibition opportunities, flexible degree track options and diversity in faculty and student body.

“This tight-knit artist community (at Lyme Academy College) is a uniquely personalized learning environment in which to develop one’s artistic talents,” the guide says. 

This year, Lyme is celebrating its 40th anniversary and its second year as a college of UNH. Its focus on foundational skills in art has made it a torch-bearer for the fundamentals and for the embrace of theory in art.

“It’s a matter of starting first with the fundamentals,” said Lyme faculty member and illustrator Jon Sideriadis, who has worked in Los Angeles in numerous feature films. “When you think of Picasso, he was a brilliant realistic painter. It’s why he had so many different phases, because he had that strong foundation; he didn’t have to hold back because he knew how to do everything. Every artist needs a complete, well-rounded skillset so their creative process is boundless.”

“We learn the skills first,” said Teagan McLarnen ’17, a California native and painting major.
“Then in senior year we can break the rules.”

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