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

  • 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.

Our curriculum blends liberal studies and art history with studio practice. Our students are exposed to a range of art media and processes, including:

  • 2D and 3D design
  • Drawing
  • Digital imaging
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Metalsmithing
  • Blacksmithing
  • Jewelry making

We are a small department that fosters a sense of community, and a safe and supportive environment for students to feel comfortable taking risks. Our studio art classes are hands-on and small so that we can offer support and mentoring.

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.