Student drawing and painting in their studioWelcome to the Department of Visual Art

The Department of Visual Art at KU functions as a creative laboratory where students, mentored by a faculty of internationally recognized artists, explore a broad range of media and disciplines.

Housed in a major university, the department encourages the development of a unique artistic voice through critical inquiry and research. Students have the additional opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary and collaborative work across the School of the Arts, as well as the University at large.

The 130,000 square foot Art & Design Building provides ample space for the excellent facilities necessary for scholar/artists to gain the technical skills for visual art careers.


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One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
1 of 9 public universities with outstanding study abroad programs.
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46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
$260.5 million in externally funded research expenditures
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
It's always fun and informative to see work by KU Visual Art faculty. These mentors exhibit and are collected internationally, so when they have a show nearby...go! Clear enough? ;)
Career-spanning solo exhibition for visual art professor | Department of Visual Art
LAWRENCE — Growing up on a working farm in Indiana provided artist and KU visual art professor, David Vertacnik, with an appreciation for the land and inspiration for his sculpting career. Vertacnik has a solo exhibition currently on display at the Lawrence Arts Center. “Local Flavor, Selected Work…

Joe Lupo discussing the comic book form before students get started creating their piece for his printmaking workshop.