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

"File" Foyer Gallery Exhibit
Jan27
"File" Foyer Gallery ExhibitJan 27
Lawrence Hall
"Americana" Washburn Gallery Exhibit
Jan27
"Americana" Washburn Gallery ExhibitJan 27
10:00 a.m.
Washburn Gallery / Fine Art Studios - Ceramics
"and they were roommates" - LaVerne Krause Gallery Exhibit
Jan27
"and they were roommates" - LaVerne Krause...Jan 27
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
"Funeral" - LaVerne Krause Gallery Exhibit
Jan27
"Funeral" - LaVerne Krause Gallery ExhibitJan 27
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
An Evening with Garth Clark
Jan28
An Evening with Garth ClarkJan 28
6:30 p.m.
Portland Art Museum
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Namita Gupta Wiggers
Jan30
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series:...Jan 30
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Reception - "Funeral" + "and they were roommates" - LaVerne Krause Gallery
Jan30
Reception - "Funeral" + "and they were roommates"...Jan 30
5:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
"LICK of PARADISE" - LaVerne Krause Gallery Exhibit
Feb3
"LICK of PARADISE" - LaVerne Krause Gallery...Feb 3
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Reception - "LICK of PARADISE" - LaVerne Krause Gallery Exhibit
Feb6
Reception - "LICK of PARADISE" - LaVerne Krause...Feb 6
5:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Julia Haft-Candell
Feb20
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series:...Feb 20
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
On Art, Camp, and Human Sacrifice (A Lecture), with Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi
Feb20
On Art, Camp, and Human Sacrifice (A Lecture),...Feb 20
6:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Theo Triantafyllidis
Mar5
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series:...Mar 5
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.