Department of Art & Art History

Quick Facts

  • Exchange program in Mainz, Germany
  • Nationally and internationally known faculty
  • Visiting Artist Program
  • Fully accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1975
  • 1 of 4 Glass programs in the CSU System
  • Ceramics, Glass, Interior Architecture, and Art Education have state-of-the-art facilities in the new Arts & Humanities building.
  • The University Art Gallery, The MFA Gallery, and the Janet Turner Print Museum are housed in custom built facilities in the new Arts and Humanities building.
  • Labs for Ceramics, Sculpture, Glass, Printmaking, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Interior Architecture, and Digital Intermedia are well equipped.
  • Students have the resources of a complete wood and metal shop, including a foundry.
  • Onsite technicians are available to provide training on equipment. All students are trained and tested on tool and equipment safety.

The Janet Turner Print Museum

This collection, which is the finest teaching collection of prints in the CSU system, includes fine art prints spanning six centuries from more than 40 countries around the world. This includes works by Dali, Durer, Goya, Hockney, Howgarth, Miro, Rembrandt, Renoir, and Tamayo, in addition to as many as a thousand other artists!

The University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery is a student-centered exhibition space that focuses on original works by regional, national, and international artists. Through innovative exhibitions and programs, the gallery engages and inspires the intellectual and creative life of the University community, as well as the diverse audiences of Chico and the North State. The University Art Gallery is housed in a purpose-built space in the new Arts & Humanities Building.

3rd Floor Gallery @ Bell Memorial Union

The Third Floor Gallery is the only Chico State art gallery to exclusively show student work. All types of art are welcome. You don’t have to be an art major to apply. The gallery features four shows each semester. Gallery shows are chosen the previous semester by a committee of students, staff, and faculty.

Student Clubs

  • Art Education Club
  • Art History Collective
  • Glass Club
  • Ceramics Club
  • Print Club: Acid Rocks & Rollers

Program Overview

  • BA in Art Education, Art History, and Art Studio
  • BFA in Art Studio and Interior Architecture
  • MA in Art History
  • MFA in Art Studio
  • Minors in Art History, Art Studio, and Photographic Studies
  • Single subject matter preparation program in art