Department of Art and Art History

The Department of Art and Art History explores the wonder and complexity of visual art in theory and practice. Studio art students specialize in painting, printmaking, sculpture, or ceramics, learning a wide range of techniques and processes in specialized studio spaces. Art history students study diverse artistic traditions and develop strong analytical, research, presentation, and writing skills.



Check out all of our upcoming events on our new calendar!


OCTOBER 8 TO NOV. 1, 2018
Reception Oct 29, 5-7 p.m. with panel interview of featured artists

Comix Body will focus on the concept of "body image" in the work of contemporary independent comics artists. The artists are interested particularly in perspectives on the body that challenge broad cultural assumptions about health, gender, race, beauty, ability, nudity, and sex. The exhibit will consider how bodies move through the world—as sensitive skin, as vulnerable meat, as human, as animal.

OCTOBER 22-29: Visiting artist, Humaira Abid, will be with us for the week.
Her lecture is on October 25 from 6:30-8pm, free and open to the public.

NOVEMBER 8 from 5-7 p.m.
Department of Art & Art History OPEN HOUSE

NOVEMBER 15 from 6-8 p.m. 
Art + Sci Salon 


Rome: Sketchbooks and Space Studies // come read all the wonderful things our students had to say about their experience(s) on the new blog post here.

Priscilla Dobler '09 has a solo exhibition, La Cocina, at Method Gallery in Seattle from September 14-October 27.

Ariel Scholten '10 is currently a Master of Architecture student at the University of Washington.  She is exhibiting her paintings at Atelier Drome from October 4-January 31.

Jonathan Steele '14 accepted an adjunct position at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR. 

La Cocina (detail), Priscilla Dobler         

new work by Ariel Scholten



Professor Kriszta Kotsis was honored with a 2018 Davis Teaching Award celebrating excellence in teaching.  Congratulations Kriszta!


Studio Art Professor Janet Marcavage’s artwork, Blue, was recently selected for inclusion in the King County Public Art Collection. It is one of several artworks that will be rotated throughout King County Buildings.

Works by the following artists were selected this year: Humaira Abid*, Michael Acker, Lauren Adams, John Armstrong, Cynthia Back, Jessixa Bagley, Sean Barton, Deanne Belinoff, Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Elizabeth Bennett, Gala Bent, Amanda L Burnham, Romson Regarde Bustillo, Dawn Cerny, MalPina Chan, Timothy Cross, Pat De Caro, Peter de Lory, Cecelia DeLeon, Michele Domingo, Tallmadge Doyle, Phil Eidenberg-Noppe, Linda Emmerman, DeiLynn Fendley, Joseph Freeman Jr., Natalie Fobes, Karen Hackenberg, Sharon Lee Hart, Colleen Hayward, David Hytone, Etsuko Ichikawa, Eirik Johnson, Iskra Johnson, Caroline Kapp, Michael Kenna, Dave Kennedy, Thendara Kida-Gee, Amanda Knowles, Paul Komada, Dianne Kornberg, Nancy Goodman Lawrence, Fulgencio Lazo, Hung Liu, Alejandro Macias, Victor Maldonado, Janet Marcavage, Kelda Martensen, Dorothy McGuinness, Leleita Mckill, Katie Miller, Marilyn Montufar, Saya Moriyasu, Paul Newman, Cory Peeke, Mary Ann Peters, Peter Rand, Ann Chadwick Reid, Glenn Rudolph, Juliet Shen, Akio Takamori, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kimberly Trowbridge, Thuy-Van Vu, Sadie Wechsler, Jingzi Zhao, and Jennifer Zwick.

*Humaira Abid is one of our visiting artists this fall at Puget Sound.