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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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Jovencio de la Paz, Assistant Professor of Art

As ArtForum puts it, Assistant Professor of Art Jovencio de la Paz generates the illusion of impossible depths in their fiber arts. Using a computerized Thread Controller 2 loom for recent works, de la Paz developed a software they call “ThrowShade,” a drawing tool that creates cumulative shadows at a single pixel width mark.

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The Art + Design Opportunities blog is a posting board for opportunities in the field of art and design as sent to the School of Art + Design to share with our students.