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Department of Visual and Literary Arts

The Department of Art, Art History and Art Education supports the creative, aesthetic and cultural development of students within the university community, and serves the cultural and educational needs of the state. The department is dedicated to preparing its graduates to assume leadership positions in their professional lives while maintaining an inner commitment to the aesthetic standards of their chosen discipline. 

The Visual Arts facility provides 79,000 square feet of space for visual studio art and scholarship. The state of the art building features a visual arts gallery, a large capacity lecture hall, two student galleries and space to accommodate a growing undergraduate program. The facility provides students and  faculty with a safe and environmentally responsible working space featuring the natural light and views of the Snowy and Laramie Range Mountains.  

The department fosters a unique combination of innovation, tradition, aestheticism and practicality, by providing a professional visual arts education built on a strong University Studies Program (USP) foundation.


Mission Statement

The Department of Art & Art History meets NASAD guidelines for published materials and websites. Materials published by the Department of Art & Art History are available through a brochure and online. The website for the Department is: This site includes thorough information about degree programs, scholarships, art organizations, faculty, Portfolio Review, Post Undergrad Assistantships, residencies, events and news. The University of Wyoming updates the University Catalog annually through the Office of the Registrar ( This document includes information on purposes, curricula, faculty, administrators and trustees, locale, cost and refund policies, qualitative, quantitative and time requirements for admission, retention and completion of degree programs, course descriptions, an academic calendar, University  accreditation and Art Education licensure. Rules and regulations for conduct as well as procedures related to grievances and appeals are available within the Code of Conduct,  published by the Dean of Students ( Policies regarding the definition of a credit hour are available through UW’s accreditation site:  and transfer of credits policies are available through the Office of the Registrar. The Departmental brochure was recently updated (publication in Spring 2020) and will be made readily available to all interested, including prospective students. During recruitment events, students are provided with the Departmental brochure, lecture series poster, postcards from recent and upcoming Departmental events, Museum Studies Minor brochure and a listing of Course Requirement for BA and BFA degree programs.


Learning Outcomes

The Department of Art Faculty has identified the following objectives of its undergraduate curriculum. We are actively assessing our students' progress through the Department of Art. The following are the learning outcomes we expect to see each student with either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree have proficiency in upon graduation:

  • Students will have demonstrable skills in their area of emphasis. These skills include formal and conceptual applications of foundation principles within their primary media.

  • Students will be well versed in critical theory and able to apply knowledge of current trends in context with their own work.

  • Students will be able to express their ideas both verbally and in writing.


  • Students will have a broad understanding of Art History and an ability to apply Art Historical context to their own work.

  • Students will have evidence of their proficiency in visual art by graduation. This will be through final critiques in advanced art studio classes or, in the case of students tracking the BFA, an exhibition of their thesis work, demonstrating thematic consistency and technical skill and an artist statement that addresses the work for review.


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Department of Visual & Literary Arts

Visual Arts Building, Room 110

1000 E. University Ave.

Dept. 3138

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 766-3269


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