Department of Art & Art History

Welcome to Art

Chico State supports our students, regardless of their immigration status, and welcomes Muslim students, Jewish students, students of color, DREAMers, DACA students, and refugees; the Art & Art History Department supports all these students; and I support all these students. I believe executive orders and other anti-immigrant policies and statements by the president are violations of justice, freedom, and our values, and that those who march against or otherwise oppose ethnic, racial, and religious groups, or individuals based on their gender or sexuality, fail to understand the American project and the fundamental value that diversity brings to our community. I am here for each of you, regardless of your beliefs on this issue.
- Asa Mittman, Chair, Department of Art & Art History

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help in any way to support you or anyone you know through this time:

Asa Simon Mittman, Department Chair,

Highlighted Weekly Event

CSU Chico Art Students work towards connecting the whole campus through student-made art!

CSU Art Students have chosen to show their love of nature and sustainability though the design and painting of 20-25 new WiFi router boxes placed around campus. You can view them installed around campus showing realistically painted native, endangered, and invasive insects that can be found in Northern California.

Two students painting wifi routers with the images of insects.

Two of the student artists working on painting wifi routers.


2019 Commencement Schedule

Join us at the 2019 College of Humanities & Fine Arts Commencement event on Saturday, May 18th at 7pm at the University Stadium! Gates open at 6:00pm!

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Mission Statement

The Department of Art and Art History is dedicated to developing students' critical thinking, creativity, visual literacy, technical skills, and knowledge about the history of art. We provide high-quality instruction in Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, and Interior Architecture. In all areas, we endeavor to create an environment which supports professional artistic activities and research in traditional and new media and methodologies.

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Find out more about our department.