The Department of Art and Art History is dedicated to developing students’ critical thinking skills, creativity, knowledge of aesthetics, and awareness of our Western and non-Western art heritage. Using the highest standards and ideals in the study of the visual arts, the Department of Art and Art History seeks to provide a quality education in art education, art history, art studio, and interior design.
In addition, the department provides curriculum in support of the university's general education and art education programs. We also offer programs for the continued study, research, and training in art and art history leading to the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees respectively. In all areas the department endeavors to create an environment which supports professional artistic activities and research.
The faculty of the Department of Art and Art History are committed to fostering a sense of community which enables students to be simultaneously nurtured and challenged. The faculty take pride in being easily accessible -- ready to explore ideas with students and to give advice. They are a dedicated group of artists and scholars deeply involved with their own work. As teachers, they pride themselves on maintaining high standards that employ both well tested and innovative methods. They tend to integrate the investigation of aesthetic issues with political, historical, and moral issues during class and individual critiques. The faculty encourage students to gain skills in traditional media and new technologies.
Members of the faculty are nationally known, and some are recognized on the international scene. Our artists, scholars, and designers have won significant public commissions, shown with well established galleries, received awards for distinguished teaching, written for key journals, and been speakers and panelists at conferences in the United States and abroad. In addition, renowned visiting artists, art historians, and critics introduce challenging concepts during campus appearances that involve lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and critiques of student work.