The Department of Art is a vibrant community of artists and scholars focused on nurturing students working in a wide range of disciplines. Students develop fluency in the traditions of art and teaching while being pushed to experiment and develop strong conceptually grounded artistic voices.
The department has an open structure allowing students to move freely between disciplines while developing as artists, scholars, and teachers. Students can focus on one area of exploration or can work out an interdisciplinary program of study. Students have beautiful classrooms, labs, and studio spaces, enjoy access to our museum of art and work closely with faculty in small classes and a highly personalized and mentored environment.
Our undergraduate students are consistently sought after and accepted by the best graduate programs in the country with recent alumni receiving graduate degrees at UCLA, Columbia University, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, California College of Art and Design, and Maryland Institute of College of Art just to mention a few.
Our graduates show at major museums, art centers and galleries around the globe and receive significant press coverage. Many are professors at major universities and successful teachers in schools across the country. Others work in museums, galleries, and other art-related professions.
Visiting Artist Program
Each semester we bring a range of nationally and internationally prominent artists, curators, and critics to our campus for lectures and individual studio visits. Recent speakers include:
Shahzia Sikander, Barry McGee, Lisa Sanditz, Edward Burtynsky, Sandy Skoglund, Walead Beshty, Oliver Herring, Shirley Kaneda, Michael Fried, Michael Rooks, Lisa Sigal, Louise Belcourt, Paul Fenniak, Jules De Balincourt, Cory Arcangel, Brent Green, Diana Al-Hadid, Sabrina Raaf, David Thorpe, Judy Pfaff, Jerry Saltz, Laura Hoptman, Kristen Hileman, Eleanor Heartney, and Milena Kalinovska
Travel and Funding
Our students have many travel opportunities including an annual study abroad program, field trips to New York City and Los Angeles, and international internships. Recent programs include travel to Nepal, Germany, Italy, France, England, Spain, Tonga, New Zealand, and Australia. Significant funding is available for this travel and for studies in the department.
Pre-majors: Randa Alvord, (801) 422-3777
Majors: Julee Braithwaite, (801) 422-3777