Department of Art

The Department of Art fosters excellence, open inquiry, and creative practice. Our students learn to think critically, communicate clearly, and work creatively. Working across a diverse range of media—ceramics, digital arts, fibers, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture—students and faculty seek innovation while respecting visual histories, traditions, and diverse perspectives.

Collaborative and Creative Community

In our dynamic community—with small studio classes and clusters of activity around specialized shops—students form strong relationships with peers and instructors.

As actively practicing and exhibiting artists, our faculty will introduce you to the challenges, questions, and merits of creative inquiry. Faculty regularly contribute to current developments in the field and share those experiences with their students.

The Student Experience

Our commitment to artmaking as an ongoing practice and open inquiry are central to all levels of learning—from an introductory course for a nonmajor through the thesis work for a graduate student. As an art student, you will learn technical skills and material processes, as well as gain fluency in visual languages and the articulation of meaning. In the Department of Art, you can take courses in ceramics, digital arts, fibers, jewelry and metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Enrich Your Academic Experience

We offer a variety of programs and opportunities to broaden your academic experience including our visiting artist lecture series, study abroad programs, and internships.

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Faculty Spotlight

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Tannaz Farsi, Associate Professor of Art

In her spatial work artist and Associate Professor Tannaz Farsi often considers the ethical ramifications of representation. “Who has the right to represent whom?” is a question Farsi posed in a recent conversation with curator Lucy Cotter about her 2021 exhibition, A More Perfect Union, at the Holding Company. The show exclusively includes works Farsi created in 2020, with the police killing of George Floyd and notions of citizenship, and who can claim rights to it, never far from her practice.

“It feels very raw,” Farsi continued. “It’s important for me as an artist to engage with ideas of our time, the politics that are happening.”

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Upcoming Events

Hamza Walker and Mahfuz Sultan: Critical Conversations
Hamza Walker and Mahfuz Sultan: Critical...Mar 4
4:00 p.m.
"Portraits"Mar 8
Lawrence Hall
"Invite Your Mom"
"Invite Your Mom"Mar 8
9:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Glenn Adamson: “Craft in America: Real and Ideal”
Glenn Adamson: “Craft in America: Real and...Apr 8
3:00 p.m.
Alison Saar and Hank Willis Thomas in conversation with Hamza Walker
Alison Saar and Hank Willis Thomas in...Apr 15
4:00 p.m.
Rebecca Morris: “Artist Talk”
Rebecca Morris: “Artist Talk” Apr 22
4:00 p.m.
Amir Zaki: “Building & Becoming”
Amir Zaki: “Building & Becoming”May 6
4:00 p.m.
Natalie Ball: “Power Objects”
Natalie Ball: “Power Objects”May 20
4:00 p.m.
Mario Ybarra Jr.: “I Did It for Revenge!” George and Matilda Fowler Lecture
Mario Ybarra Jr.: “I Did It for Revenge!”...May 27
5:00 p.m.

News and Opportunities Blog

The Department of Art's News + Opportunities blog shares faculty, student, and alumni news, student opportunities, events, resources, and more.