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Department of Art and Art History

Ricki Klages, Department Head
110 Visual Arts Building
Phone: (307) 766-3269


ASHLEY HOPE CARLISLE, B.F.A. University of South Mississippi 1997; M.F.A. University of Georgia 2002; Professor of Art 2019, 2003.
B.F.A. Kansas University 1987; M.F.A. Indiana University 1990; Professor of Art 2014, 2002.
B.A. Oberlin College 1977; M.F.A. San Francisco State University 1989; Professor of Art 2015, 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.
DOUG RUSSELL, B.F.A. Columbia College 1990; M.A. University of Iowa 1995; M.F.A. 1996; Professor of Art 2019, 2005.

Associate Professors

DIANA BAUMBACH, 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; Associate Professor of Art 2017, 2013.
RACHEL SAILOR, B.A. Oregon State University 1992; M.A. University of Oregon 1994; Ph.D. University of Iowa 2007; Associate Professor of Art 2015, 2011.
SHELBY SHADWELL, B.F.A. Washington University in St. Louis 2003; M.F.A. Southern Illinois University 2007; Associate Professor of Art 2015, 2009.

Assistant Professors

BRANDON GELLIS, B.A. University of California at Santa Cruz 2002; M.F.A. University of Denver 2015; Assistant Professor of Art 2015.
KATHLEEN FRYE, B.F.A. University of Colorado at Denver 1987; M.F.A. Colorado State University 1995; M.A. City College, New York; Assistant Professor of Art 2018.

Senior Lecturer

PATRICK KIKUT, B.F.A. University of Colorado 1990; M.F.A. University of Montana 1994; Senior Lecturer 2019, 2014.

Associate Academic Professional Lecturer

BAILEY RUSSELL, B.A. Princeton University 2001; M.A. New York University 2004.

Academic Professional Research Scientist

DAVID JONES, B.F.A. University of Tennessee 2000; M.F.A. University of Georgia 2004.

Assistant Academic Professional Lecturer

RANI ROBISON, B.A. University of Utah 1999; M.F.A. University of Oregon 2008.

Professors Emeriti

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.

Undergraduate Major

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 with emphases 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 and to the B.A. in Art Education.

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)
(test level)
Physical & Natural World (PN) 6
College of Arts & Sciences
Core Curriculum
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 has a strong vocational application.

Program Requirements

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 Foundation: Two Dimensional 3
ART 1120 Foundation: Three Dimensional 3
ART 1130 Foundation: Color Theory 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 2310 Sculptural Practices I 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
(examples include but are not limited to: Medieval Islamic, Japanese Art and Culture,

*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.
Language 1010 4
Language 1020 4
Language 2030 4
Language 2040 3

B.A. in Art Education. The Art Education degree supports students’ development as reflective, innovative and engaged K-12 art educators. The curriculum encompasses extensive Studio Art competencies as well as studies in Art History and Professional Education. Art Education courses cover a variety of teaching practices and methods of curriculum development that include interdisciplinary, multicultural approaches to teaching and emphasize relevance to the lives of K-12 students and the realities of our contemporary world. In-class learning is augmented with firsthand teaching experiences in local and regional schools and includes teaching people of all ages in community-based arts settings. Upon graduation from our program, students earn Wyoming licensure for teaching K-12 Art.

Program Requirements

Minimum course requirements for Art Education Majors follow the curriculum plan for the B.A. Degree:  University and College requirements, Foundations Core, Art History Core, Studio Core and Upper Division Studio Electives. The exception that there is no Foreign Language requirement. Students are required to apply for a Wyoming Substitute Teaching Certificate in the fall of their first semester in the program. Additional requirements are:

Professional Education Courses (10 Hrs)
EDST 2450 Foundations of Development (3)      
EDST 2480 Diversity and Politics of Schools (4) 
EDEX 2484 Introduction to Special Education (3)

Interrelated Arts (3 Hrs)

Art Education Courses (27 Hrs)
ART 3430 Methods I – Art Education Studio (3)
ART 3490 Philosophy, Theory, Issues (3)
ART 3550 Art Education Practicum (3)
ART 4440 Methods II – Artistic Growth (3)
ART 4460 Curriculum Design (3)         
ART 4810 Residency for Elementary (3)
ART 4820 Residency for Secondary (3)


Students must fulfill the requirements listed in the Application for the Art Education Program Checklist:

  • Completion of Portfolio Review with a C or above
  • C or above in Education Courses
  • C or above in Art Content Courses
  • Junior Standing (60+ credits)
  • 2.750 or above overall UW total institutional GPA
  • Completed background check

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 2.500 grade point average in Art Department courses at the time of graduation.

Transfer Residency

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:

Foundation Core

Courses Hours
ART 1005 Drawing I 3
ART 1110 Foundation: Two Dimensional 3
ART 1115 Digital Media 1
ART 1120 Foundation: Three Dimensional 3
ART 1130 Foundation: Color Theory 3
ART 2000 Portfolio Review 1
ART 2305 Metal/Plaster 1

Art History Core

Courses Hours
ART 2010 Survey I 3
ART 2020 Survey II 3
Art History Courses* 6

*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):
Courses Hours
ART 2005 Drawing II 3
ART 2210 Painting I 3
ART 2112 Graphic Design 3
ART 2255 Photography, Digital ORART 2265 Photography, Black and White 3
ART 3510 Printmaking 3
ART 2310 Sculptural Practices I 3
ART 2350 Metalsmithing 3
ART 2410 Ceramics I or
ART 2420 Ceramics II

Upper Division Art Electives (minimum)

Courses Hours
BA Studio (3000+) 12
BFA Studio (3000+) 18
BFA Art History (3000+) 18

Foreign Language

Language 1010 4
Language 1020 4

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 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 2112 3
ART 2122 3
ART 2030 3
ART 3120 3
ART 3150 3
ART 3112 3
ART 4120 3

ART 4425 - Graphics Internship/ART 4400 - Internship. Each graphic design concentration student is responsible to take at least 6-credit hours of Graphics Internship and/or Internship, and may take up to 9-credit hours maximum.

Each student must take at least one, 3-credit hour section of ART 4425: Graphics Internship. Internship hours taken after the completion of ART 2112, ART 2122 and ART 2030 or upon completion of 12 credit hours within the Graphic Design sequence will count toward each students’ degree.

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 Undergraduate Internship Program where they prepare a portfolio for graduate school and gain additional experience in the studio and the classroom setting.


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. Please note: Art Studio B.A. and B.F.A. degree students cannot have a minor in a specific studio discipline. Art History B.A. students may have a minor in studio disciplines, and Arts Studio B.A./B.F.A. students may have a minor in Art History.

Art History Minor Hrs.
Art History Sequence:
ART 2010 and ART 2020
Lower Division Requirement:
ART 2700 or ART 2030
Other Traditions:
ART 3720, including but not limited to Art & Architecture of Medieval Islam,
Japanese Art History, Meso-American Art History
Art History Electives at the 3000/4000-level
(including additional Other Traditions)
Total Credits 21
Museum Studies Minor Hrs.
Museum Studies Core:
ART 2700, choose one of the following: ENGL 4075, MKT 3210,
or FCSC 4117, and Internship (ART 4400, ANTH 4970, HIST 4400,
or corresponding number in student’s major department)
Methods Core:
To be chosen from the following: AMST 2400, AMST 4300, AMST 4900,
ANTH 3300, ANTH 3310, ANTH 4020, ANTH 4190, ART 4790, ENTO 4684,
GEOL 2080, GEOL 4717, GEOL 4113; HIST 2050, HIST 3020, HIST 4030,
HIST 4050, HIST 4055
Elective Courses: Students will choose course from the elective list
in conjuction with their advisor, based on their area(s) of interest.
Additional courses listed in the museum studies and methods cores
can be chosen as electives.
For a list of electives, go to
Cultural Experience: Choose one of the following:
Study Abroad/International Field School - students may enroll or
participate in an approved study abroad course or program (credit hours vary),
or Foreign or Indigenous Language - students may enroll in 12 hours of a
foreign language. 8 of the 12 hours must be in the same language.
American Sign Language does not qualify.
Ceramics Minor Hrs.
Required Courses:
ART 1005, ART 1120,
and ART 2350 or ART 2310
Studio Elective Courses in Ceramics:
ART 2410, ART 2420, ART 3410, ART 3420
Art History Survey Elective:
ART 2010 or ART 2020
Total Credits 24
Drawing Minor Hrs.
Required Courses:
ART 1005, ART 1110, ART 2005, ART 3052
Studio Elective Courses in Drawing:
Choose one from: ART 3005, ART 4005,
ART 4052, ART 4660
Art History Survey Elective:
ART 2010 or ART 2020
Total Credits 18
Graphic Design Minor Hrs.
Required Courses:
ART 1005, ART 1110, ART 1115, ART 2112,
ART 2122, ART 3112, ART 2030
Art History Survey Elective:
ART 2010 or ART 2020
Studio Art Elective:
Choose one from: ART 3120, ART 3150,
ART 4060, ART 2255, ART 2265, MKT 3210
Total Credits 25
Metalsmithing Minor Hrs.
Required Courses:
ART 1110, ART 1130 or ART 1005, ART 1120,
ART 2350, ART 3350
Studio Elective Courses in Metalsmithing:
ART 3120, ART 4630
Art History Survey Elective:
ART 2010 or ART 2020
Total Credits 24
Painting Minor Hrs.
Required Courses:
ART 1005, ART 1110, ART 1130, ART 2210
Studio Electives Courses in Painting:
Choose from 3000/4000-level painting courses including
but not limited to: ART 3210, ART 4210, ART 3250,
ART 4250, ART 4655, ART 3260, or ART 4260
Art History Survey Elective:
ART 2010 or ART 2020
Total Credits 24
Photography Minor Hrs.
Required Courses:
ART 1110, ART 1130, ART 3510 or ART 2112,
ART 2265, ART 2255
Studio Elective Courses in Photography:
Choose from 3000/4000-level photography courses
Art History Survey Elective:
ART 2010 or ART 2020
Total Credits 24
Printmaking Minor Hrs.
Required Courses:
ART 1005, ART 1110 or ART 1130,
An uppder division drawing course beyond ART 1005,
ART 3510
Studio Elective Courses in Printmaking:
Choose from 3000/4000-level printmaking courses
Art History Survey Elective:
ART 2010 or ART 2020
Total Credits 24
Sculpture Minor Hrs.
Required Courses:
ART 1005, ART 1110, ART 1120, ART 1310
Studio Elective Courses in Sculpture:
Choose from the following: ART 3310, ART 3320,
ART 3330, ART 3340
Art History Survey Elective:
ART 2010 or ART 2020
Total Credits 24


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