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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The first studio art class at KU began in 1869
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26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
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46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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A nice piece from The Kansas City Star on our very own Visual Art and KU Sculpture alumna, Desiree Warren. Congrats on your success, Desiree!
Sculpture major Desiree Warren finds her niche working as her own boss in retail
Desiree Warren, 32, bypassed the starving-artist stereotype and went straight to being her own boss. She has found success going the retail route, making clocks and art using scraps of vinyl on salvaged materials.

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