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.


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26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
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Writing about art is so easy! WHAT? Just kidding. KU Art History professor, art critic, and curator David Cateforis will lead a workshop, "Writing about Contemporary Art: An Art Historian's Perspective" October 4th from 12-4pm at PLUG Projects. Great for artists, art history lovers, critics, bloggers, grant writers, journalists, and people who like workshops!
Art Writing Workshop with David Cateforis, RSVP by Monday Sept 29
Art criticism, which often serves as the initial published response to new art, has been rightly called the first draft of art history.  This workshop, led by art history professor David Cateforis, will consider the relationship between critical writing on contemporary art and the writing of art his…

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