Art & Art History

Our mission

The Department of Art and Art History provides a transformational education that encourages curiosity and facilitates critical inquiry, collaboration, creative problem solving, and community engagement. Through rigorous scholarship, studio practice, global visual arts studies, and experiences beyond the classroom, students gain knowledge and skills that prepare them for successful careers and global citizenship. The three interrelated areas of Art Studio, Art History, and Art Education affirm the liberal arts tradition of the university and inspire innovation, active learning and community leadership.

Art History Area Mission

Art History examines the creation of art and visual communication in diverse cultural milieus, exploring the values and ideas pervading art and visual culture throughout history, including those of social justice and equity, and reflecting on the impact of visual technology in the future.

In studying Art History, students will learn to interpret and analyze art and visual culture as expressions of social values, within the context of a location’s distinctive history and place. A degree in Art History will prepare students for future careers as teachers, museum educators, gallery curators, visual resource librarians, art critics, scholars, and other careers that re​ward transformative thinking, creative problem solving, and visual language expertise.

Art Studio Area Mission

The Art Studio Bachelor of Arts ("B.A.") and Bachelor of Fine Arts ("B.F.A.") degree programs provide a broad foundation in art practice, history, and theory that emphasizes experimentation, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and global awareness. Interaction with a faculty of practicing artists, visiting artists, professional and student exhibitions, international study, as well as the resources of the larger university, foster informed, engaged, and creative graduates, preparing them for professional careers and graduate studies.

Art Studio B.A. students develop an individual plan of study that encourages exploration and specialization in one or more studio practices, including ceramics, drawing/painting, fiber/fabrics, mixed media, photography, printmaking, time-based art, sculpture, and courses in professional development and Art History.