Student drawing and painting in their studioWelcome to the Department of Visual Art

The Department of Visual Art at KU functions as a creative laboratory where students, mentored by a faculty of internationally recognized artists, explore a broad range of media and disciplines.

Housed in a major university, the department encourages the development of a unique artistic voice through critical inquiry and research. Students have the additional opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary and collaborative work across the School of the Arts, as well as the University at large.

The 130,000 square foot Art & Design Building provides ample space for the excellent facilities necessary for scholar/artists to gain the technical skills for visual art careers.


Countdown to
Visual Art Calendar
Nov 01
Open Drawing
11:00 am
Nov 16
Reception for the Visual Art Annual Faculty Exhibition
02:00 pm
Dec 06
Open Drawing
11:00 am
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The first studio art class at KU began in 1869
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“Elegantly vibrant, personal, and optimistic.” A nice article covering Weifang Gong's exhibition earlier this month at the Hillestad Textile Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. Weifang is in her first year pursuing her MFA in the Department of Visual Art at KU.
Artist weaves Chinese, American cultures through art exhibition
For Weifang Gong, weaving two cultures together takes form in her artwork.

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