College of Fine & Performing Arts

Mission Statement: Department of Art & Art History

The Department of Art and Art History provides an immersive learning environment featuring a wide range of studio disciplines and culturally diverse art history courses. Dynamic faculty encourage a spirit of inquiry and arts advocacy. The three interrelated areas of Art Studio, Art Education, and Art History form an inclusive, socially engaged community that embraces the liberal arts tradition of the University and the College of Fine and Performing Arts. The Department of Art and Art History offers students compelling possibilities for pedagogical and professional development, including: lectures and visits by artists and scholars, participation in academic conferences, hands-on workshops in the Western Gallery, study abroad courses, class assistantships, the BFA expanded degree, and two student-run exhibition galleries. Through rigorous studio practice and global visual arts courses, students gain knowledge, skills, and critical thinking abilities that prepare them for success after graduation.