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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News


Upcoming Events

Common Thread
Jul18
Common ThreadJul 18
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Mohau Modisakeng: Passage
Jul18
Mohau Modisakeng: PassageJul 18
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe
Jul18
Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe Jul 18
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Connective Conversations/Curator and Critic Tour and Lecture Series: Public talk and conversation with Allie Tepper
Jul21
Connective Conversations/Curator and Critic Tour...Jul 21
3:00 p.m.
PICA, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Journey to the Third Demension: Tom Cramer Drawings and Paintings 1977-2019
Aug17
Journey to the Third Demension: Tom Cramer...Aug 17
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Fall 2019 Classes Begin
Oct1
Fall 2019 Classes BeginOct 1
8:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall

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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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