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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News


Upcoming Events

Curator's Lecture: Visual Magic: The Oregon Connection
Apr3
Curator's Lecture: Visual Magic: The Oregon...Apr 3
5:30 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
"Aesthetics of Gentrification" SLOWLAB Conference
Apr5
"Aesthetics of Gentrification" SLOWLAB ConferenceApr 5
9:00 a.m.
White Stag Block
Curator's Lecture: Visual Clave: The Expression of the Latino/a Experience through Album Cover Art: 1940 - 90
Apr11
Curator's Lecture: Visual Clave: The Expression...Apr 11
3:30 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Jean-Michel Basquiat's Masonic Lodge: Anatomy of the Soul
Apr17
Jean-Michel Basquiat's Masonic Lodge: Anatomy of...Apr 17
5:30 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Lecture by Jorge Coronado
Apr18
Lecture by Jorge CoronadoApr 18
5:30 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Pope.L
Apr25
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series:...Apr 25
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Visual Magic Gallery Tour: The Human Figure
May4
Visual Magic Gallery Tour: The Human FigureMay 4
2:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
College of Design Commencement Ceremony
Jun17
College of Design Commencement CeremonyJun 17
4:00 p.m.
Southwest Campus Green

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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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