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

Explore programs and opportunities that broaden your academic experience including our visiting artist lecture series, study abroad programs, and internships.


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Alumni Spotlight

Marcus Harvey, '12

Harvey credits his education in digital arts for bridging the intersection between business and art. The result was Portland Gear, his storefront that opened in 2016. Check out the video.

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Upcoming Events

"In Plain Sight" - LaVerne Krause Gallery Exhibit
May22
"In Plain Sight" - LaVerne Krause Gallery ExhibitMay 22
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Common Thread
May22
Common ThreadMay 22
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Passage by Mohau Modisakeng
May22
Passage by Mohau Modisakeng May 22
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe
May22
Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe May 22
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Closing Reception: "In Plain Sight" - LaVerne Krause Gallery
May23
Closing Reception: "In Plain Sight" - LaVerne...May 23
5:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Department of Art 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition
May24
Department of Art 2019 MFA Thesis ExhibitionMay 24
12:00 p.m.
Disjecta
"Cold Water Wash" - LaVerne Krause Gallery Exhibit
May28
"Cold Water Wash" - LaVerne Krause Gallery ExhibitMay 28
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Closing Reception: "Cold Water Wash" - LaVerne Krause Gallery
May30
Closing Reception: "Cold Water Wash" - LaVerne...May 30
5:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Center for Art Research Launch
May31
Center for Art Research LaunchMay 31
4:00 p.m.
510 Oak
Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception
May31
Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception May 31
5:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Exhibition reception: "Slippages: AI as Creative Practice" - 510 Oak building
Jun7
Exhibition reception: "Slippages: AI as Creative...Jun 7
5:30 p.m.
510 Oak
2019 Spring Storm Exhibition reception
Jun10
2019 Spring Storm Exhibition receptionJun 10
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall

News and Opportunities Blog

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


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