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.


Please note: Kittredge Gallery will be closed March 14-23. We will continue to update you on our hours of operation during the current COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your patience.


Check out all of our upcoming events on our calendar!

On View in Kittredge Gallery
March 9 - April 18, 2020

Liss LaFleur Fruit

[TO BE DETERMINED] Opening Reception & Artist Talk: March 31, 5-7 p.m.

Anna McKee and Suze Woolf Gathered from the Field, Art Provoked by Climate Research
[POSTPONED] Art + Sci Salon March 26, 4:30-6 p.m.


Tacoma Weekly News article on student-curated (Chloe Brew, Art History major) exhibit in Collins Library "New exhibit explores history, ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement".

Andriana Cunningham '19 (Sculpture), currently has an installation entitled 'Inspecting the Absurd' in the Woolworth Building Window Downtown Tacoma, at South 11th Street & Commerce Street. 

Louisa Raitt '15 (Art History), a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU was awarded the Marica and Jan Vilcek Curatorial Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 2020-2021.  This 12-month fellowship provides Louisa with the opportunity to work with the Latin American and American Collections of the Metropolitan Museum.​

Leanne Gan '16 (Studio Art), has been a graphic designer at the ACLU for the past year. Here’s a recent collage that she did for an article.

Walker Hewitt '19 (Painting), is entering the School of Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts Post-baccalaureate Program, Boston. He also recently had artwork included in PROUD+ a juried show at the Studio Door Gallery in San Diego, CA.

Ronda Peck '19 (Ceramics), was admitted to Jacksonville University’s low residency MFA program. 

2019 Summer Research Recipients in the Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences majors:
Chloe Brew, Art History, The Arts and Crafts Movement in the 21st Century
Ellis LeBlanc, Art History, Women, the Emperor, and the Virgin Mary: A Feminist Reception Analysis of 9th and 10th Century Byzantine Representation
Emma Lundquist, Studio Art, Suburban Rot: Visualizing the Abandonment of Commercialized Spaces​


Professor Elise Richman co-organized the second biennial PNW Painting Symposium and affiliated exhibition

Zaixin Hong, Professor of Art History, recently had a book Mongol Court and Chinese Literati from South of Yangtze River: An Anthology of the Studies of Calligraphy and Painting of Yuan China published by China Art Academy Press. Thereafter, it won the Second Place for the 28th Chinese Art Book Awards.   

Linda Williams, Professor of Art History, recently co-presented a paper with Amara Solari (Penn State), at the University of Texas Austin's 2020 Mesoamerica Meetings.  Williams and Solari discussed "Monastic Painting as World Making in Sixteenth-Century Yucatan" as part of the symposium with the theme Center and the Four Corners: City, Symbol, and Space.

In early October 2019, Art History Professor Linda Williams's work was presented with Amara Solari (Penn State) at the Getty Research Center/Cal State Los Angeles Symposium, 1519, The Arrival of Strangers: Indigenous Art and Voices Following the Spanish Conquest of Mesoamerica. Their paper, "Coloring Catholicism: Maya Artists, Pigments, and Localized Theology in Early Modern Yucatan" explored the way that materials informed meaning in early colonial churches of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Art History Professor Linda Williams of the University of Puget Sound received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of the research project (administered through Penn State), “Maya Christian Murals of  Yucatán: Indigenous Catholicism in Early Modern New Spain.” A Collaborative Research grant of $214,742 will enable Williams to pursue this multi-year project with co-PI Amara Solari, Associate Professor of Art History at Penn State. Their research focuses on fragile religious murals painted by Christianized Maya artists in Yucatán, Mexico, between 1550 and 1750. In addition to writing a scholarly book on these murals, Solari and Williams are creating an interactive website that will provide open access to images of the murals. Read more here.