About the Art Department

For information on events, alumni, faculty creative work and scholarship, and lots more, please visit the Art Department blog.

Incoming Student, Art Department Scholarship information and application


Mission Statement

We believe that art matters. It changes lives, documents and reflects experiences, and shows us worlds and perspectives other than our own. Making art has been a fundamental part of human activity since the beginnings of known history; studying art has played a central role in the development of our understanding of human civilization. Further, societies are judged often by the art that they produce.

We also believe that the liberal arts and sciences matter. Knowledge does not exist in isolation; particularly in this global, digital world it is interconnected, is created, developed, and maintained communally, and is changeable over time and across cultures.

All of our activities in the Art Department at Truman State University grow out of this fundamental set of core beliefs.


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Objectives

Degree programs in the Art Department are defined by the faculty and were developed through the following objectives:

  • To offer programs of concentrated study that are sensitive to the needs of students and relate to the overarching goals of the university.
  • To ensure well-organized, coherent programs that provide opportunities for synthesis and integration across courses within those programs.
  • To help students assimilate the knowledge delivered within the programs and develop the capacity to focus on methods of inquiry and analysis that will enable them to use that knowledge.
  • To encourage students to develop a critical perspective that will enable them to learn about and from the variety of views existing within their chosen field of study.
  • To guide students in the cultivation of liberal learning by helping them perceive and appreciate the connections among courses in their major and those in other disciplines.
  • To assure practical support and encouragement for students’ intellectual and creative growth and development by providing opportunities for interaction and dialogue in an environment conducive to learning.
  • To present students with a culturally diverse approach to art and to acknowledge biases that may be inherent within the discipline.
  • To prepare students for graduate study or employment opportunities within the field.

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Minors offered


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Design Students Win Silver!Design Students Win Silver!

March 22, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS to Claire Nipper and Shelby Frazier for their Silver Award at the American Advertising Federation Kansas City ADDY Awards! The ADDY Awards is the world’s largest advertising competition with over 50,000 entries annually. The Kansas City ADDY Awards has historically been one of the largest — if not the largest — local ADDY award…Read more Design Students Win Silver!

Guest Artist in Printmaking: Josh WinklerGuest Artist in Printmaking: Josh Winkler

March 3, 2018

In the dark of February we welcomed visiting artist Josh Winkler, Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State University – Mankato. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2010, and has since spent his time creating works on paper, running a small gallery, building a stone cabin, and exhibiting work nationally and internationally.…Read more Guest Artist in Printmaking: Josh Winkler

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University Art Gallery: BA Thesis Exhibition
April 23 • 8:00am - 7:00pm
University Art Gallery: BA Thesis Exhibition
April 24 • 8:00am - 7:00pm

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