Under direction of our accomplished faculty, the University of Arkansas School 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.
Areas of Study
Art Education Art History Graphic Design Studio Art
Fine Arts Center, School of Art
340 N. Garland
Fayetteville, AR 72701
The mission of the School 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 School of Art aims to prepare students for graduate study and meaningful employment in the art and design fields and allied professions.
Over the past 10 years, the School of Art has gone through significant positive changes with the most dramatic in transformation occurring in the past five years.
The biggest change was growing from a Department of Art into the School of Art in fall 2017, made possible by a visionary gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. The foundation’s $120 million gift was the largest ever given to a U.S. university in support of or to establish a school of art.
The gift also created the first and only school of art in the state of Arkansas, and is helping to propel art education, design, research and creative activity in the state forward while also providing unparalleled access and opportunity to students.
The School of Art offers professional art degrees in many media areas, including Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.
Degree Offerings Include:
Our state-of-the-art facilities have grown, expanded, and been upgraded, with future plans for significant expansion in the next few years.
Thanks to the Windgate Charitable Support Foundation and the transformational $40 million gift, the School of Art will create the new Windgate Art and Design District in the heart of south Fayetteville.
The district will feature several new buildings for art and design classrooms, labs, studios and potentially a public gallery space. The district will bring together art, design and education, while serving as the central hub for the student and faculty artists and designers at the University of Arkansas and beyond.
Below is a list of current School of Art facilities:
_Fine Arts Center Building
_Fine Arts Center Gallery
The School of Art hosts an active Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, with a distinguished guest virtually every week during the regular spring and fall semesters. Visitors during the last five years include:
Enrique Martinez Celaya
Michael Ray Charles
Uchay Joel Chima
Dr. Elizabeth Garber
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Mary Reid Kelley
Dr. Adam Larner
Dr. Peju Layiwola
Thomas Lyon Mills
Osamu James Nakagawa
Dr. Vibeke Olson
Dr. Andrea Pearson
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Dr. Kate Rudy
Dr. Patricia Simons
Dr. Jenni Sorkin
Dr. Peg Spears
Dr. Mary Stockrocki
Hank Willis Thomas
Dr. Jason Weems
Dr. Bernard Young
Northwest Arkansas is home to many different arts organizations and events, and arts programming in the region is plentiful. Being immersed in the Northwest Arkansas community is incredibly important to our mission as a school.
The U.S. News & World Report ranked Fayetteville, Arkansas number three in the 2019 Best Places to Live in the United States.