The Division of Art offers a diverse education in the visual arts. Each major in the SoA+AH+D is designed to allow students to develop their intellectual and creative strength, and plan for future careers in the visual arts.

Current News

Seattle Art Fair + Gallery Shows

August 4–7, 2016
CenturyLink Field Event Center
Read about the School-related people in the Fair and in concurrent gallery shows.

Out of Sight

August 4–28, 2016
King Street Station
A massive exhibition that surveys contemporary Pacific Northwest art. Read more

RRF + Exhibit for Zhi Lin

In January 2016, Painting + Drawing Professor Zhi Lin was awarded a Royalty Research Fund Scholar grant to support his project titled “In Search of Lost History in the 19th Century: Chinese American in Puget Sound.” He spent portions of spring quarter traveling to specific venues of historical riots against Chinese… Read more

Kudos for Barbara Earl Thomas

Barbara Earl Thomas (BFA 1973, MFA 1977) has been a well-known artist, writer, and arts administrator in the Seattle area for a long time, but 2016 appears to be her year for special recognition. Read more

Multiplying Mediums

Summer quarter 2016 is seeing a first-time collaboration between the University of Washington Department of English and the Division of Art in the School of Art + Art History + Design. It is a six-week colloquium, titled Multiplying Mediums, for students who have just completed their first year of graduate school… Read more

NW Art Now @ TAM

This exhibition is the Tacoma Art Museum’s most recent survey of regional contemporary art. Six of the twenty-four artists included are School alumni. The exhibition will be on view through September 4. Read more

Portfolio of Possibilities

3D4M Professors Mark Zirpel and Amie McNeel are experimenting at MadArt Studio and will open an exhibit there on July 24. It will run through August 27. Read more.

2016 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

The exhibition is now closed, but you may view images of the show on the website we created. It also has information about all the graduate students who completed degrees this year, including those from the Division of Art History.

2016 Graduation + Teaching Awards

We have a Dean’s Medalist — Tzyy Yi (Amy ) Young — as well as nine other students who received Graduating with Excellence or Teaching with Excellence Awards. Read more.