The UWL Department of Art provides an educational environment that promotes:

  • intellectual development
  • visual literacy
  • artistic production

Our students learn to think creatively, critically, and across disciplines to develop their own individual artwork. Our goal is to equip all students with creative problem solving and technical skills to practice art and be successful in whatever career path they choose. We foster the development of graduates who are active citizens and advocates for the arts.

UWL's Art Department blends liberal studies education and art history with hands-on studio practice. Our students are exposed to a range of art media and processes, including:

  • Ceramics
  • Digital Art & Design
  • Drawing
  • Metals
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Our student-centered curriculum and low student-to-faculty ratio provide individualized mentorship and a rich sense of community. Art studios and classrooms offer students a dynamic creative environment for learning, and feature a mix of new and traditional approaches to the studio arts listed above, as well as art education, and art history.

Art students are exposed to global art by taking field trips to Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Chicago, viewing exhibitions in the UWL Art Gallery, engaging with visiting artists, and studying abroad. We prepare our students for careers by incorporating professional practices coursework into our curriculum. Students pursue internships with regional arts organizations, participate in student organizations and committees, and work as studio and gallery assistants within the department.