Art Studio, a professional undergraduate art degree, provides Western students with opportunities to create, interpret, analyze, and make informed judgments about art, studio concepts, and practices. Classes are designed to familiarize students with the principles that shape and inform visual literacy and expression through a variety of practices in art making.
The program includes ceramics, drawing, fiber/fabrics, inter and mixed-media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students in the program investigate the function of art and the relationships between art, culture, artist, and audience.
The Art Studio BFA continues beyond the BA to a more advanced level.
Majors are also eligible for the Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation minor (“AECI”), a unique program of WWU focused on launching successful creative careers in the arts. Scholarships are available to students pursuing the AECI minor.
“Being an artist allows me to see the world and create my own interpretation of it in whatever form I want it to be. I love manipulating materials to give art a whole other dimensionality and meaning for people to consider. With art, the possibilities are endless.”
Beyond the Classroom
Art students have unique opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience for a future career in the art world. Faculty assist students in handling and installing artworks, learning and expanding research skills, or improving critical analysis and essay-writing abilities.
Western Art Galleries
Students play an active role in the operations of Western’s three galleries, including the Western Gallery and two student run galleries—the Viking Union and B galleries.
Art Faculty encourage students to explore the academic world through research assistantships—an invaluable experience for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the field.
While in the department, students have a chance to do internships with local businesses, learning about how to employ their burgeoning skills in various art-related fields.
The Department of Art offers many opportunities to travel abroad and domestically. Students participate in unique, life-changing encounters with art and art history.
Careers and Graduate Studies
Western Art alumni have gone on to pursue their passions, including:
- Robert McCauley: National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipient and professional painter
- Eugenie Tung: head teacher for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Education Program
- Jim Goldberg: author of seven books, National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and professional photographer
- Virginia Troy: Associate professor of Art History at Berry College
- Art Educator
- Exhibiting Artist
- Exhibit Designer
- Gallery Director