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Department of Art

The study and practice of art

An essential aspect of the WSU experience, students are encouraged to apply multiple perspectives and embrace risk and uncertainty on the path to discovery. Classes, studio opportunities, and research projects will challenge you to think and communicate in innovative and interdisciplinary ways.

Faculty members in the Department of Art are internationally recognized contemporary artists and scholars that consistently bring their professional experience into the classroom. Extensive studio, workshop, and machine resources are complemented by a robust Visiting Artist and Scholar Program and collaborations with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU.

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In Solidarity

A regional juried exhibition featuring works on the themes of community, identity, and social justice, In Solidarity will be open in Gallery II of the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus from August 11, 2023, through September 14, 2023. A closing reception will be held on the last day of the exhibition.

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Featured Class:
Material and Performance (ART 451)

This studio-based class will provide you with an understanding of contemporary issues related to fiber materials and performance. Offered this Spring 24!

Department of Art in the News

Riverside Mural Project showcases talent and collaborative spirit

The latest in a series of mural projects showcasing the outstanding talent of local and regional artists, as well as the collaborative spirit of Washington State University, is being dedicated this week in downtown Pullman. A joint effort by the Pullman Arts Foundation — founded by WSU Associate Professor of Painting/Intermedia Joe Hedges — and […]

Certificate programs open doors for undergraduates

Quantifying soft skills and problem-solving initiative can be tricky for new graduates heading to the job market. Three new interdisciplinary certificate programs offered by the Department of Art will provide students with recognized credentials that demonstrates their interdisciplinary skills and perspective. The three certificates — business of art, eco-arts and public engagement, and graphic design — offer any WSU student the […]

Meet the new faculty of 2023

The breadth of scholarly interests and teaching expertise of the college’s newest faculty—from environmental humanities and many-body physics to economic globalization and the history of visual storytelling—enriches and expands the arts and sciences across the WSU system. Click “read more” to learn a little about each of these new faculty members. Arts & Humanities | […]

In the name of art

Following a thorough vetting by faculty members and the Faculty Senate, and approval by the president and Board of Regents, the WSU Department of Fine Arts is now the WSU Department of Art. The name change reflects the breadth and depth of the artistic areas available at WSU, yet the use of the singular “art” is […]