Our faculty are dedicated to the success of students both in and out of the classroom. The resources in this section are here to help current students navigate the academic and social aspects of their education, and to develop an understanding what it means to take their education into their own hands.
Taking Responsibility for Your Own Education
At the college level instructors will not and should not come around to get you going. Part of the college experience is developing reliable self-motivation. Students who get As say they always try to put something extra into every project — to go beyond what is required. You have a unique set of abilities and interests — use them!
Train your eye — and practice, practice, practice
Developing the eye is a lifetime job. The sooner you get started, the better. Make use of your sketchbook to study and understand things that interest you. Whatever you intend to do in art/design/art history/art education, try to practice it as much as possible. No level of skill that you attain will be too high.
Try to experience as much art as you can
While studying at the University of Arkansas, students will be exposed to art all over campus, the surrounding community and study abroad in Rome and Taiwan. Not only is there a constant change of dynamic exhibits in the Fine Arts Gallery showcases and in the Gallery itself, but the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the 21C Museum Hotel have opened in nearly Bentonville as well as many start-up galleries in the greater Northwest Arkansas. There are exhibits in Anne Kittrell Gallery in the Arkansas Union and major art installations in the newly finished Hillside Auditorium.
And don’t limit yourself to just art. Observe the design of the world around you — architecture, fashion and product design, films, magazines, labels, patterns, etc.
Develop your skills at speaking and writing
Although artists have their primary focus on visual communication, being able to speak and write articulately is of vital importance. Everything from teaching, to writing grant proposals and artist statements, to negotiating and promoting your interests, and working with others in teams relies on fluency in language. This is even more true for Art Historians and Art Educators.
Think of everything you study as helping you to become a better artist/art historian/art educator
The courses you will take outside the Art Department will help you to understand and think about the world we live in; where we came from and where we are going. This knowledge will help you to make richer and more interesting art works. The best artists and art professionals continue to learn throughout their lives.