Western Kentucky University

Department of Art

Spring Graduating Seniors Exhibition; April 17 – May 17, 2014.

Miwon Choe, Associate Professor of Art Education, was presented with the Potter College of Arts & Letters Public Service Award for 2013-2014. (Photo by Bryan Lemon)

Pairing with the WKU Study Abroad and Global Learning office and the College of Education and Behavioral Science Student Teaching Office, Art Education program at Western Kentucky University is expanding its international reach and sending the pre-Service art teachers to complete their student teaching overseas. Featured in the photo above Ashely Hurt in front of Schloss Nordkirchen in Germany.

David Marquez (right), Full-time Instructor of Sculpture, and Charles Hurst (left), Bowling Green area blacksmith, volunteering their skills at the Potter College Fall Festival 2013.

David Coffey's Masks (Please click on photo for more information.)

Phillip Claunch and Jenna Hall with elevator installation by Russ Pappas.

Holly Thompson stoking the wood kiln.

Brent Dedas at the 2014 Biennial Faculty Exhibition.

Sculpture students preparing for a metal pour.

Whether you envision yourself building a professional studio practice, pursing a career in graphic communications, teaching art at a primary or secondary school, or exploring a world of art history, we're ready to help you reach your goals.

With programs that vary in length and concentration, the WKU Department of Art supports and challenges students along a variety of life-enriching paths. The BFA degree in studio art or graphics is a comprehensive, focused program for students interested in pursuing a professional creative career. Our range of BA programs in art education, art history, and studio art offer additional possibilities to study art within a liberal arts context, leading to a variety of career paths including teaching, art therapy, museum studies, art conservation, or arts management to name just a few possibilities.

Whatever path you choose, you will be working with energetic art professionals who have gained national and international recognition in their respective fields. Our faculty introduce students to a world of art by hosting visiting professionals, traveling with students to conferences and exhibitions, and leading study-abroad programs around the globe.

Brent Oglesbee, Department Head

Gallery News

David Coffey Mask

June 18 – September 21; David Coffey's Masks
This exhibition features the collection of masks recently gifted to WKU by Dr. David M. ("Doc") Coffey (1950 – 2014), installed in a way similar to that in which they hung, "salon style" in his home. The collection totals 140 masks from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

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