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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Success Story

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

Free Admission Weekend!
Jan19
Free Admission Weekend! Jan 19
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series- Megan Foster
Jan24
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series-...Jan 24
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Visual Magic Gallery Tour: Travel
Jan19
Visual Magic Gallery Tour: Travel Jan 19
2:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
"User's Guide" - LaVerne Krause Gallery Exhibit
Jan21
"User's Guide" - LaVerne Krause Gallery ExhibitJan 21
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Schnitzer Cinema: hackedepicciotto: Film music by Berlin’s Art Nomads
Jan23
Schnitzer Cinema: hackedepicciotto: Film music by...Jan 23
7:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Closing Reception: "User's Guide" - LaVerne Krause Gallery Exhibit
Jan24
Closing Reception: "User's Guide" - LaVerne...Jan 24
5:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Concert: hackedepicciotto
Jan24
Concert: hackedepicciottoJan 24
7:30 p.m.
Tsunami Books
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series- Whitney Hubbs
Feb7
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series-...Feb 7
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Visual Magic Gallery Tour: Color and Abstraction
Feb9
Visual Magic Gallery Tour: Color and AbstractionFeb 9
2:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Schnitzer Cinema: AIFF Best of Fests: ”Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End" with guest cartoonist Mr. Fish via Skype
Feb13
Schnitzer Cinema: AIFF Best of Fests: ”Mr....Feb 13
7:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series- Amy Franceschini
Feb14
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series-...Feb 14
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Exhibition tour with Peter Yenne
Feb16
Exhibition tour with Peter YenneFeb 16
2:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)

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


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