Department of Art
Ricki Klages, Department Head
110 Visual Arts Building
Phone: (307) 766-3269, FAX: (307) 766-5468
LEAH HARDY, B.F.A. Kansas University 1987; M.F.A. Indiana University 1990; Professor of Art 2014, 2002.
RICKI KLAGES, B.F.A. University of Arizona 1984; M.A. University of New Mexico 1991; M.F.A. 1993; Professor of Art 2012, 1996.
MARK RITCHIE, B.F.A. University of Kansas 1986; M.F.A. Indiana University 1990; Professor of Art 2007, 1995.
DIANA BAUMBACH, B.F.A. Washington University in St. Louis 2003; M.F.A. Southern Illinois University 2007; Associate Professor of Art 2015, 2009.
ASHLEY HOPE CARLISLE, B.F.A. University of South Mississippi 1997; M.F.A. University of Georgia 2002; Associate Professor of Art 2010, 2003.
MARGARET HAYDON, B.F.A. Oberlin College 1977; M.F.A. San Francisco State University 1989; Associate Professor of Art 2008, 2002.
DOUG RUSSELL, B.F.A. Columbia College 1990; M.A. University of Iowa 1995; M.F.A. 1996; Associate Professor of Art 2011, 2005.
SHELBY SHADWELL, B.F.A. Washington University in St. Louis 2003; M.F.A. Southern Illinois University 2007; Associate Professor of Art 2015, 2009.
PETER FINE, B.A. California State University, Chico 1993; M.F.A. University of Arizona 2004; Assistant Professor of Art 2013.
RACHEL SAILOR, B.A. Oregon State University 1992; M.A. University of Oregon 1994; Ph.D. University of Iowa 2007; Assistant Professor of Art 2011.
PATRICK KIKUT, B.F.A. University of Colorado 1990; M.F.A. University of Montana 1994; Associate Lecturer 2014.
Assistant Academic Professional Research Scientist
DAVID JONES, B.F.A. University of Tennessee 2000; M.F.A. University of Georgia 2004.
Assistant Academic Professional Lecturer
BAILEY RUSSELL, B.A. Princeton University 2001; M.A. New York University 2004.
RANI ROBISON, B.A. University of Utah 1999; M.F.A. University of Oregon 2008.
MARY KATHERINE SCOTT, B.F.A. University of Wyoming 2003; M.A. 2005; M.A. Northern Illinois University 2008; Ph.D. Sainsbury Research Unity for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas University of East Anglia 2012.
Deaderick, Edwards, Evans, Flach, Forrest, Reif, Russin (Distinguished Professor of Art), Schaefer
Department of Art
The Department of Art 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 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.
The department offers course work leading to the B.A. and B.F.A. degrees in art. Based on their goals and career plans, students in consultation with a faculty adviser select the appropriate degree plan. Students major in art and declare an emphasis in one or more of the following areas:
Students may also declare an art major with a concentration in graphic design.
The department also offers course work leading to the B.A. in art history.
|University Studies Program (USP)||Hrs.|
|First-Year Seminar (FYS)||3|
|Communication I (COM1)||3|
|Communication II (COM2)||3|
|Communication III (COM3)||3|
|Human Culture (H)||6|
|U.S. & Wyoming Constitutions (V)||3|
|Quantitative Reasoning (Q)
|Physical & Natural World (PN)||6|
|College of Arts & Sciences
|U.S. Diviersity (ASD)||3|
|Global Awareness (ASG)||3|
|Upper division requirement
42 credit hours of 3000- and 4000-level courses
B.F.A. Degree. The B.F.A. degree program is offered to outstanding students who are prepared for art studies, careers and professional activity beyond the undergraduate level. Up to seventy (70) semester hours are focused in studio and art history course work, while a minimum of fifty-eight (58) semester hours are reserved for University Studies Program requirements. All B.F.A. students will be required to participate in the B.F.A. exhibition upon graduation.
All B.F.A. students will be required to sign a contract that will outline deadlines and requirements for the B.F.A. exhibition. Prior to the B.F.A. exhibition, students will participate in studio visits with a rotating group of Art faculty members. If faculty deem their work insufficient, they reserve the right to exclude the work from the exhibition and withhold the B.F.A. degree.
Formal application is made to the department for acceptance into the B.F.A. degree program. Application must be submitted at least two semesters prior to applicant's anticipated graduation. Favorable faculty review of the application materials and a cumulative 3.25 GPA in course work in the major and university studies are required before a student is declared a candidate for the B.F.A. degree.
• C or better in all art classes
• 3.25 in art major program
• 3.0 overall GPA
Undergraduate majors proceed with meeting the USP requirements for the B.A. in art and balance with foundation, art history, and studio core requirements in the major until formally accepted as a B.F.A. candidate. Application does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the B.F.A. program.
Majors in the process of completing the fourth semester of their Foundations and Studio Core course work (16-19 hours) submit applications materials by February 1st or November 1st of their first semester in the department. Students transferring to the Department of Art who have completed their foundation core and successfully passed portfolio review are eligible to apply for a B.F.A. after one semester in the Department of Art.
B.A. in Art History. The Art History major will provide students with a course of study that will provide depth and breadth in the history of art. Students will develop a broad understanding of world art, study the art of western and other global cultures in-depth, and be introduced to the historiography and professional practices related to the field. Closely linked to the Museum Studies minor curriculum, the Art History major would have a strong vocational application.
Requirements of the program include:
- 121 hours, including 51 hours within the Art major
- All Art courses must be passed with a letter grade of C or better
- 2.5 GPA within major required
- 2.5 overall GPA
- UW Transfer Art Residency Requirement for transfer of 12 or more art credit hours into department: 26 upper division hours of UW Art courses
|Foundation Core||6 Hrs.|
|ART 1005 Drawing I||3|
|ART 1110 Design I||3|
|ART 1120 Design II||3|
|ART 1130 Design III||3|
|Art History Core||9 Hrs.|
|ART 2010 Survey I required||3|
|ART 2020 SUrvey II required||3|
|Plus choose from one of the following:|
|ART 2700 Intro to Museology||3|
|ART 2030 History of Graphic Design||3|
|Studio Core||3 Hrs.|
|ART 1310 Intro to Sculpture||3|
|ART 2005 Drawing II||3|
|ART 2112 Graphic Design||3|
|ART 2210 Painting I||3|
|ART 2255 Intro to Photography, Digital or
ART 2265 Intro to Photography, Black and White
|ART 2350 Metalsmithing I||3|
|ART 2410 Ceramics I or
ART 2420 Ceramics II
|ART 3510 Printmaking I||3|
|Upper Division Electives||18 Hrs.|
|3000- or 4000-level Art History Courses*||6-9|
|ART 4790 Art Seminar required||6-9|
Other Historical Traditions required
*6 hours of upper division are history may be taken in other departments with cross listed courses (that may have prerequisites other than Art History).
*Cross listed and applicable courses: Intro to Museology, HIST/ANTH/ART 2700; Victorian Women’s Lives, ART/WMST 4830; History of Women Artists, ART/WMST 4780; History of Architecture, ARE 3030; The Harlem Renaissance, AMST 4250; Art and Ecology, AMST/ART 4640; Special Topics in American Studies-including travel courses (as appropriate); Special topics in Classical and Modern Languages-including travel courses (as appropriate); History of the Book, HIST 4070, 4075, 4076, 4077.
|Foreign Language||15 Hrs.|
B.A. Degree. The B.A. degree is available to students who are preparing for further studies or careers in the arts and arts-related fields, such as graphic design, art therapy, medical illustration, botanical illustration and forensic illustration. Students work with their academic advisers to select courses from the USP and elective offerings to complement art studies in their areas of interest. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses taken to satisfy department requirements. Courses in the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition to the university requirement that degree candidates hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00, degree candidates for the B.A. degree in the Art Department also must have a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average and a 2.50 grade point average in Art Department courses at the time of graduation.
Art/Art Education Concurrent Major. Through a cooperative agreement between the Art Department and the program of Art Education, all Art Education students will concurrently complete a major in Art. The Art degree requirements are essentially the same as for all other Art majors; however, specialized advising is available to ensure that students select programs that are both efficient and beneficial to their ultimate career goals.
A minimum of 26 hours of upper-division course work in the major is required to establish residency in the department for all transfer students. This applies to students in the B.F.A., B.A., and Art Education degree programs who transfer in 12 or more hours of art courses for the major. Students in all art programs must meet the university requirement of at least 42 hours of course work at the upper-division level (3000- and above).
Minimum Course Requirements for Art Majors. In addition to the university and college requirements listed in this bulletin, all students majoring in art must complete the following:
|ART 1005 Drawing I||
|ART 1110 Design I||
|ART 1115 Digital Media||
|ART 1120 Design II||
|ART 1130 Design III||
|ART 2000 Portfolio Review||
|ART 2305 Metal/Plaster||
Art History Core
|ART 2010 Survey I||
|ART 2020 Survey II||
|Art History Courses*||
*3 credit hours of Art History MUST be upper division (3000- or 4000-level).
Studio Core (minimum)
|Plus choose 12 credit hours minimum from the following
(Note that at least one core course must be from either 2D or 3D):
|ART 2005 Drawing II||
|ART 2210 Painting I||
|ART 2112 Graphic Design||
|ART 2255 Photography, Digital or
ART 2265 Photography, Black and White
|ART 3510 Printmaking||
|ART 1310 Sculpture I||3|
|ART 2350 Metalsmithing||3|
|ART 2410 Ceramics I or
ART 2420 Ceramics II
Upper Division Art Electives (minimum)
|BA Studio (3000+)||
|BFA Studio (3000+)||
|BFA Art History (3000+)||18|
ART 1005, 1110, 1120 and 1130 are considered an important preparation and prerequisite for drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and graphic design courses and are required freshman courses for the major. Majors must complete the Foundation Core Hours before electing upper division courses in any studio area. ART 2010, 2020, and 2305 are required sophomore courses.
Once sophomore majors complete course prerequisites, they select a minimum of three courses from the studio core hours. Most of the university and college requirements should be completed as early as possible before the senior year. The department will enforce published prerequisites for courses.
Art majors must submit a portfolio for evaluation before proceeding to intermediate and advanced studios beyond the required studio core. Any student whose portfolio is assessed as deficient must address the deficiencies before receiving permission to advance in the major.
Please note: Students who do not pass the portfolio review will be able to resubmit the following semester. However, if students fail more than once, they will be unable to progress in the department of art and may be asked to transfer to another department or UW college or complete an art minor. Portfolio evaluation will occur once in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Art Concentrations. In choosing art electives, students (in consultation with their department adviser) may select from a full range of art course work either broadly based or with concentration in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics or graphic design. In the Humanities/Fine Arts Distributed Major degree program. In the B.F.A. degree program, students may declare a concentration in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture or ceramics.
Graphic Design Option. Graphic designers explore a variety of communication issues that deal with diverse messages and audiences.
Students interested in pursuing a professional career in graphic design and visual communication may elect a required sequence of courses for the B.A. degree in art with a concentration in graphic design. Students planning to graduate in four years must begin the sequence in the second semester of the freshman year.
Graphic Design Core
|ART 3110 Typography||3 (Spring only)|
|ART 2112 Graphic Design I||3 (Fall only)|
|ART 2122 Computer Graphics I||3 (Spring only)|
|ART 3120 Graphic Design II||3 (Fall only)|
|ART 4110 Computer Graphics II||3 (Spring only)|
|ART 4120 Senior Projects in Design||3 (Fall only)|
|ART 4400 Internship||6|
Internships. Internships are an important aspect of the graphic design concentration. Students in all concentrations may elect internship placements in the slide library, Department of Theatre and Dance or UW Art Museum, or in the appropriate academic or administrative unit across campus. Placements are also available in state and local arts agencies and institutions during the semester and summer. National placements are likewise reviewed and approved.
Visual Communications Center. The graphic design/visual communication area provides students with a "human centered" approach to learning that challenges and nurtures them to think conceptually and prepares them to be flexible in an international community that is continually being influenced by new ideas, tools and technology. The visual communications center is a facility for undergraduate research that functions as a classroom, studio and high-end technology space and incorporates industry standard tools for graphic design, computer graphics and digital art exploration.
Department Policy. An art class may require additional meeting times, so that students may fully participate in the Visiting Artist Program and the UWAM lecture series.
As a matter of policy, the art department reserves the right to retain any works created by students it deems worthy for the purposes of exhibition until the end of the academic year.
The art department studios are the primary instructional classrooms. As a matter of policy, access to the studios and use of the equipment is reserved for students who are formally registered for scheduled courses and are following a prescribed curriculum.
Scholarships. The department has several scholarships for qualified students at all stages in the program. See the Department of Art for a full list of scholarships.
Academic and Career Advisement. Faculty advisers work closely with art students to guide and direct their progress through the declared degree program and course of study. Through the visiting Artist Program, the UW Art Museum and internship placements, the department provides numerous opportunities and role models for a professional life in the visual arts. Through consultation and discussion with faculty advisers, art students consider their interests and abilities in relation to the many and varied careers in the arts and art related fields. Many graduates go directly into industry, on to pursue graduate studies or take the next step in their career plan. On a competitive basis upon graduation, majors may participate in the Post Bac Program where they prepare a portfolio for graduate school and gain additional experience in the studio and the classroom setting.
Graphic Design, Museum Studies, Studio, Art History Minors
A minor is offered in graphic design, museum studies, all studio areas and in art history. Further information may be found on the department's Web site.
Work toward all of the undergraduate degrees in art may concurrently include work applicable to art education teacher certification through the College of Education. A minimum of 26 hours of upper-division course work in art is required to establish residency for the B.A. in art education K-12 certification for transfer students.