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 calendar!

On View in Kittredge Gallery

Recent Acquisitions, Works from the University of Puget Sound Art Collection in Context
Curated by Elise Richman
Opens Oct. 28 - Dec. 14, 2019
Opening Reception Oct. 30 from 5-7 pm

Art + Sci Salon | Biomimetic Insectoid Mechatronics, Combining Open Source Technology with Entomology

December 5 from 6-8 pm in Kittredge Gallery
John Espey '01 builds robotic creatures inspired by insects. After studying Biology at the University of Puget Sound, he spent 10 years working in video production and striving to become a professional artist. John merges digital design technologies with arts and crafts, to educate and inspire audiences on the anatomy and physiology of insects. John will present his research on insect kinematics, biomimetic robots, and his ambitions for insectoid sculptures. You can see more of his work on his website.
Workshop (time & place TBD): Join John Espey in a workshop using the free and powerful Blender software to explore, model, and animate insect physiology and movement. He will show you how to mimic insect appendages and animate their motion with simple drivers. Some experience with Blender is a plus!


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​


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.   

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.