Art & Art History

Julia Sapin

4/6 Welcome Back from Julia Sapin, Chair

Welcome back, Students!

We have been preparing for your return, with new technology and imaginative approaches to course content delivery. Faculty and staff have been practicing what our mission statement “preaches,” collaborating and engaging in creative problem-solving extensively over the past few weeks, and I am truly in awe of the results and thankful to these wonderful people who are your teachers and support crew in the Department of Art and Art History. You have an exciting term ahead of you.

We will miss being with you face-to-face in class, but each faculty member has come up with creative ways to teach you new techniques and concepts and engage you with art history and scholarship and ideas about art practice, the core of our departmental mission. The intent is to reach each and every one of you and expand your learning, depending on your individual circumstances, which we know may differ now given the health crisis with which we are all dealing.

As you sort out your schedule for the term this week, you will notice changes to the Classfinder. By the end of the week, all classes that do not have any scheduled mandatory meeting times will be listed as Asynchronous (ASNC). Also, you will notice a dramatic change in course fees: wherever possible, instructors have dropped those fees in an effort to reduce your cost.

So, off we go on this new journey together! Please let me know what I can do to help and I wish you a most engaging, productive spring term.

As always, my best wishes,




The fine arts building, a square brick building on the east side of the main walkway connecting north and south campus

The Department of Art & Art History is located in the center of the Western Washington University campus. Between Sehome Arboretum and the Carver gym, the department rests along the main walkway that connects the older part of campus to the new south campus. Western's campus is home to an extensive outdoor sculpture collection.

Fine Arts Building

Anchored by the Western Gallery, this building shows internationally acclaimed exhibits. It also hosts the student-led B Gallery. You can often see class work displayed throughout the halls.

Art Annex

  • Design classrooms
  • Ceramics studios
  • Sculpture area consisting of
    • a foundry
    • a metal shop
    • a wood shop

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Bellingham, WA 98225-9034


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Sonja Sather

Director of Development for the College of Fine and Performing Arts

360- 650-3384

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