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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Congratulations to KU Visual Art student Allison Flom whose short film, "Habitual," is an Official Selection of the 2014 Autumn Shorts Film Festival! We're so proud!
Visual art student's film selected for Autumn Shorts Film Festival | The University of Kansas
Visual art student's film selected for Autumn Shorts Film FestivalThu, 08/14/2014ContactMeghan BahnDepartment of Visual Art & Department of Theatre785-864-2951megb@ku.eduLAWRENCE — University of Kansas visual art student Allison Flom's short film, "Habitual," has been chosen as an official selection…

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