About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Visual Arts is to educate and empower a diverse community of students through creative and research practices at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We prepare students for fulfilling careers as artists, designers, educators, scholars and leaders in a variety of settings.

  • The program is dedicated to educating a diverse community of students.
  • The program is dedicated to preparing leaders for a variety of personal and professional creative settings. 
  • The program offers high-quality undergraduate and graduate education through skill-based practices and creative research endeavors. 

Commitment to Social Justice

As a Visual Arts Department, we recognize education’s and visual art’s inherent abilities to cultivate social justice. Therefore, we are committed to:

  • Fostering an inclusive, diverse and caring community of learning and creativity.  
  • A commitment to anti-racism and affirming that Black Lives Matter.
  • Identifying and challenging historical roots and present forms of violence, oppression and marginalization.  
  • Recognizing the intersections between gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, religion, nationality, immigration status and all social systems. 
  • Celebrating differences and encouraging interdisciplinarity through interdisciplinary coursework and programs.
  • Creating safe and equal spaces for students and faculty of all races, ethnicities and identities in our community.

Our newly implemented Visual Arts degrees are structured to be interdisciplinary. We recognize that art and theory continuously inform and influence each other across many disciplines. In doing so, we aim to have a more diverse canon for our artists and art historians to build from.

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