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

"Patterned Others" - Foyer Gallery
Oct22
"Patterned Others" - Foyer GalleryOct 22
Lawrence Hall
"CTRL V" - LaVerne Krause Gallery Exhibit
Oct22
"CTRL V" - LaVerne Krause Gallery ExhibitOct 22
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Journey to the Third Dimension: Tom Cramer Drawings and Paintings 1977-2019
Oct23
Journey to the Third Dimension: Tom Cramer...Oct 23
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe
Oct23
Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe Oct 23
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Center for Art Research Exhibition Reception
Oct24
Center for Art Research Exhibition ReceptionOct 24
5:00 p.m.
510 Oak
Closing Reception - "CTRL V" - LaVerne Krause Gallery
Oct24
Closing Reception - "CTRL V" - LaVerne Krause...Oct 24
5:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Center for Art Research Exhibition
Oct25
Center for Art Research ExhibitionOct 25
11:00 a.m.
510 Oak
Center for Art Research- Publication Launch
Nov4
Center for Art Research- Publication LaunchNov 4
5:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Angela Washko
Nov14
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series:...Nov 14
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Connective Conversations: Julie Rodrigues Widholm
Nov21
Connective Conversations: Julie Rodrigues WidholmNov 21
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.