Mission Statement

mission statement

The mission of the School of Art is founded on three passionately held principles:

  • First, that the exploration of ideas through the visual arts is both necessary and culturally valuable;
  • Second, that an understanding of visual communications within contemporary society is critical for an informed world view, and;
  • Third, that an appreciation and knowledge of art history, past and present, is essential to both young scholars and developing artists.

In the Art department, committed faculty, who actively exhibit and publish nationally and internationally model the high standards we hold our students to in the visual arts, art history and art education. Our students individually challenge, explore and push the boundaries of their given field, whether it be establishing an independent vision or perspective in the studio, exploring new facets of art history or developing their own voices as art educators. Through this diversity, our program offers students a strong, self-motivated course of study where majors have meaningful contact with faculty across disciplines, methodologies and practices.