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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Upcoming Events

College of Design Community: Join the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive
Feb19
College of Design Community: Join the...Feb 19
Lawrence Hall
UO Art MFA Grad Review & Open Studio
Feb21
UO Art MFA Grad Review & Open StudioFeb 21
12:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Center for Art Research- Jan Tumlir Book Reading
Feb25
Center for Art Research- Jan Tumlir Book Reading Feb 25
4:00 p.m.
510 Oak building
International Conference on Feminism/Theory/Film
Feb28
International Conference on Feminism/Theory/FilmFeb 28
9:15 a.m.
Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Center for Art Research- Films at 510 Oak
Mar1
Center for Art Research- Films at 510 OakMar 1
12:00 p.m.
510 Oak
Visual Magic Gallery Tour: Landscape and Environment
Mar2
Visual Magic Gallery Tour: Landscape and...Mar 2
2:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Shadi Harouni
Mar7
Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series:...Mar 7
4:00 p.m.
Lawrence Hall
Center for Art Research- Shadi Harouni Films + Discussion
Mar8
Center for Art Research- Shadi Harouni Films +...Mar 8
11:00 a.m.
510 Oak building
Schnitzer Cinema: AIFF The Best of Fests: ”The Gospel of Eureka" with guest director Michael Palmieri
Mar13
Schnitzer Cinema: AIFF The Best of Fests: ”The...Mar 13
7:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
Student Presentations
Mar14
Student Presentations Mar 14
5:00 p.m.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
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

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