About the School

About the School

Under direction of our accomplished faculty, the University of Arkansas School of Art, located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, offers professional art degrees in many media areas, including Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

Statement

The mission of the School of Art in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is to offer the highest quality educational, research, and service programs in the visual arts. These goals encompass our professional and liberal arts programs, at both graduate and undergraduate levels, in art education, art history, graphic design, and studio art. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse, academically productive, and intellectually ambitious community of students, faculty, and staff to participate in these programs. The School of Art aims to prepare students for graduate study and meaningful employment in the art and design fields and allied professions.

Over the past 10 years, the School of Art has gone through significant positive changes with the most dramatic in transformation occurring in the past five years.

The biggest change was growing from a Department of Art into the School of Art in fall 2017, made possible by a visionary gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation. The foundation’s $120 million gift was the largest ever given to a U.S. university in support of or to establish a school of art. The gift also created the first and only school of art in the state of Arkansas, and is helping to propel art education, design, research and creative activity in the state forward while also providing unparalleled access and opportunity to students.

Additionally, there has been an impressive student enrollment growth of over 400 art majors; an increase in tenure-track faculty lines; a large growth in nationally-recruited instructor positions; and a more than doubling of our M.F.A. student enrollment with funding for these new students.

Our state-of-the-art facilities have grown, expanded, and been upgraded, with future plans for significant expansion in the next few years. As enrollment has increased, so too has our budget, and we are spending more in order to maintain the highest level of education for all of our students. This positive growth will continue for years to come as the creative economy in this region grows, and because of the investment of our generous supporters.

We offer several degrees for those interested in the arts as a career.

We also enjoy a close proximity and strong relationship with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and other local arts organizations and maintain an active presence in the community of Northwest Arkansas. Our Fine Arts Gallery, in the impressive Fine Arts facilities by architect Edward Durrell Stone, showcases both student and professional works on a near-constant basis. We also own seven site-specific mobiles by famous artist Alexander Calder.