Art

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The Division of Art educates students within our liberal arts university to become productive in the fields of art. We value artistic excellence in the forms of rigorous inquiry, outstanding production, & professional success. We believe that art made in this way moves freely among disciplines and finds its place in a national and international environment. We recruit the best students and faculty to create a community seeking knowledge, to nurture commitment to the study of art across a wide spectrum, and to provide a guiding force in society.

Undergraduate Majors/Minors
Graduate Majors/Minors

Meet Our Faculty

Melanie Clemmons Melanie Clemmons

Melanie Clemmons

Assistant Professor
Digital/Hybrid Media

Jer'Lisa Devezin JerLisa Devezin

Jer'Lisa Devezin

Visiting Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Art

Barnaby Fitzgerald Barnaby Fitzgerald

Barnaby Fitzgerald

Professor of Art
Painting and Drawing

Ryan Goolsby Ryan Goolsby

Ryan Goolsby

Technical Manager

Brian Molanphy BrianMolanphyArt

Brian Molanphy

Associate Professor of Art

Sarah Nance Sarah Nance

Sarah Nance

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art

Olivia Arratia Olivia Arratia

Olivia Arratia

Visiting Lecturer, Photography

Tippi Polo Tippi Polo

Tippi Polo

Coordinator, Division of Art, and Center for Creative Computation

Nishiki Sugawara-Beda Nishiki Sugawara-Beda

Nishiki Sugawara-Beda

Assistant Professor of Art – Painting and Drawing

Philip Van Keuren PhilipVanKeuren

Philip Van Keuren

Professor of Art
Printmaking and Foundations

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Ceramics Studio

The Division of Art ceramics facilities are available to Art majors, minors and other students enrolled in ceramics courses. They are located on the lower level of Owen Arts Center and include a fabrication studio (OAC B640), a glaze room (OAC B660) and a kiln room (OAC B615), plus shared use with sculpture classes of a kiln yard (B613), decal printing and 3D printing studio (B620), and plaster room (B670) for earthenware, stoneware and porcelain production.

Featured Courses

ASAG 3310

Art in the World

Students study the world of art by visiting museums, galleries, notable architecture and installations, attending public lectures and symposia, and more. All student work is written or made in relation to the experiences in these venues.

ASAG 3380

Critical Issues

A seminar for art majors in their third year of studies. This course investigates topics in current critical theory in the arts as well as the historical context of their development. Readings are taken from philosophy, literary criticism, art theory and art criticism.

ASAG 5315

Advanced Studio I

A forum for art majors in the fourth year of studies that facilitates the students' ability to articulate their work as artists and to defend and present it in a peer–group setting. Serves as a culmination of the study of art through the production of a body of work for exhibition.  
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Nicolás González ’16 – Evolution of a Young Artist

A Path Less Taken charts that journey while hinting at a growing career.

Student Work

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SMU-in-Taos

The program at Fort Burgwin, Taos, N.M. offers several approaches to independent and directed study each summer, including the Open Media Workshop, an interdisciplinary studio workshop, as well as sculpture, printmaking and photography. 

Art News

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