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

Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe
Apr20
Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe Apr 20
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Visual Magic: An Oregon Invitational
Apr20
Visual Magic: An Oregon Invitational Apr 20
11:00 a.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
"Deorbit" - LaVerne Krause Gallery Exhibit
Apr22
"Deorbit" - LaVerne Krause Gallery ExhibitApr 22
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
"Self-Portrait" - LaVerne Krause Gallery Exhibit
Apr22
"Self-Portrait" - LaVerne Krause Gallery ExhibitApr 22
10:00 a.m.
Lawrence Hall
Department of Product Design lecture: Jay Sae Jung Oh
Apr24
Department of Product Design lecture: Jay Sae...Apr 24
6:00 p.m.
942 Olive
Performance: "Self-Portrait" - LaVerne Krause Gallery
Apr25
Performance: "Self-Portrait" - LaVerne Krause...Apr 25
1:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Closing Reception - "Deorbit" and "Self-Portrait" - LaVerne Krause Gallery
Apr25
Closing Reception - "Deorbit" and...Apr 25
5:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
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
Center for Art Research- Movement Lab
Apr28
Center for Art Research- Movement LabApr 28
3:00 p.m.
510 Oak
In Flux: A Night of Performance Art
May1
In Flux: A Night of Performance ArtMay 1
5:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
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)
Curator’s Talk: Distillation Technology and Drinking in Seventeenth-Century Europe
May15
Curator’s Talk: Distillation Technology and...May 15
5:30 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)

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