About the Department

About the Department

Under direction of our accomplished faculty, the University of Arkansas Department of Art, located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, offers professional art degrees in many media areas, including Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.


The mission of the Department of Art in the J. William.  Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is to offer the highest quality educational, research, and service programs in the visual arts. These goals encompass our professional and liberal arts programs, at both graduate and undergraduate levels, in art education, art history, graphic design, and studio art. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse, academically productive, and intellectually ambitious community of students, faculty, and staff to participate in these programs. The Department of Art aims to prepare students for graduate study and meaningful employment in the art and design fields and allied professions.

Over the past ten years the Department of Art has gone through significant positive changes with the most dramatic in transformation occurring in the past five years. There has been an impressive student enrollment growth of over 400 art majors; an increase in tenure-track faculty lines; a large growth in nationally recruited instructor positions; and a more than doubling of our MFA student enrollment with funding for these new students. Our facilities have grown, expanded, and been upgraded with state-of-the-art facilities and future plans for significant expansion in the next few years. As enrollment has increase so to has our budgets spending more in order to maintain the highest level of education for all of our students. This positive growth will continue for years to come as the creative economy in this region grows.

We offer several degrees for those interested in the arts as a career.

We enjoy a close proximity and strong relationship with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other local arts organizations and maintain an active presence in the communities of Northwest Arkansas. Our Fine Arts Gallery, in the impressive Fine Arts facilities by architect Edward Durrell Stone, show both student and professional works on a near-constant basis. We own seven site-specific mobiles by famous artist Alexander Calder.

Art students at the University of Arkansas have direct access to some of the world’s most renowned works of American art thanks to the close proximity of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Find out how the university’s Art Department is taking full advantage of this one-of-a-kind learning resource in this Arkansas Short Takes video.