1. Develop and maintain academic programs of excellence in the visual arts by providing quality instruction and advising for students, both major and non-major.
  2. Stimulate the creative development of students by encouraging intellectual growth, self-discipline and high standards of academic performance.
  3. Encourage competency and productivity of faculty and provide facilities commensurate with the professional and academic goals of the department.
  4. Serve the broader aims of the University by emphasizing faculty and student participation in the visual arts as a vital part of the cultural mission of the University.


The Department of Art of and Art History values faculty who:

  • Actively engage in the practice of creating, understanding and teaching art;
  • Advance artistry through innovative studio practice and exhibitions of art;
  • Advance scholarship through publication and dissemination of research in the visual arts;
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity; personal integrity, critical thinking, and risk taking;
  • Openly and willingly support, mentor, and inspire students.


The Department of Art and Art History values students who:

  • Engage, persist, envision and are innately curious in their studio practice and scholarship;
  • Can collaborate, be flexible and open to feedback;
  • Use critical thinking to reflect upon and initiate and rework ideas and materials to achieve a personal idiom;
  • Engage with the broader arts community and across other disciplines;
  • Take personal responsibility for their education.


The Department of Art and Art History values a curriculum that:

  • Is progressive—underscoring quality of object, quality of concept, and quality of exploration while seeking relevance with contemporary practice;
  • Offers opportunities for international and interdisciplinary study;
  • Offers a strong visiting artist and critics program;
  • Offers service-learning experiences, internships and other practicum and/or career-based learning opportunities;
  • Offers a strong foundation program and provides continuous assessment of learning;
  • Is supported with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that support 21st century learning.