What is art? What is its purpose? How does art contribute to our culture? How does it provide insight into being human? What role does art play in constructing meaning? How does "thinking with your hands" expand ways of knowing? How does studying the development of art and creative expression through the ages help you understand our world and the human condition?

The Department of Art and Art History offers multifaceted frameworks for the consideration and creation of visual expressions of power, cosmologies, identity, yearning, love, loss, hope, terror, tradition, and resistance. Studio art students take courses in painting, printmaking, digital media, and three-dimensional art, learning a range of techniques and processes in well-equipped studio spaces. Art history students study diverse artistic traditions and develop strong analytical, research, presentation, and writing skills.

Studio Art     Art History



  • Communicate in a range of textual and/or visual mediums with impact and sophistication
  • Examine art and its global history through various approaches and by drawing on the critical analysis of visual and textual information
  • Recognize how art shapes and reflects culture and society in the past and the present
  • Develop independent projects that enhance creative and critical thinking and innovative problem solving
  • Connect creative processes with interdisciplinary themes and questions
  • Engage with emerging technologies informed by a foundation in traditional craft and artistic practices


  • Artist/Art historian
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Museum curator
  • Museum educator
  • Gallery manager
  • Architect/Landscape artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Librarian/Archivist



Andrew Griebeler '09
Andrew Griebeler ’09

"Studying art history at Puget Sound provided me with the tools required to succeed in my graduate program and in my research: a critical eye and an attention to detail, skills in written and oral communication, and an ability to evaluate and combine different kinds of evidence."