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.




Lianna Hamby ‘17, was accepted into the University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program.  She will begin her master's degree in the fall.

Check out the great article in the Tacoma Weekly covering our 2018 Art Student Annual exhibit!

You can see what many of our alumni are up to on the new CESBLOGS Careers in the Arts post.

Alumna Priscilla Dobler had an art show in Seattle at ArtXchange Gallery in Pioneer Square, November 2017. She was also awarded a two-month art residency at Mass MoCA. In 2018, she will have her first solo show in Seattle at Method Gallery, showing La Cocina (Kitchen installation with audio recordings) and will be showing La Sala (Living room installation with audio and video projections) at Feast in March 2018. 


Associate Professor Kriszta Kotsis presented a paper entitled "The Virgin, the Magi, and the Empress" in the panel Goddess Worship, Marian Veneration, and the Female Gender at the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies annual conference in Boston on January 7, 2018.

Kittredge Gallery


Juried this year by artist Anida Yoeu Ali, the Art Students Annual is a longstanding tradition for the Puget Sound Department of Art and Art History. Any student currently enrolled at Puget Sound who has taken a studio class, either on campus or in a study abroad program, is eligible to enter the juried show; students are not required to be art majors.

Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the Department of Art and Art History and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public.

Opening Reception: Friday, Jan 19th, 5-7pm, Kittredge Gallery

Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, Wash.
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Regular Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m.


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A year ago, the Department of Art and Art History recognized some of the incredible social and cultural contributions of our alumni.  The Kittredge Gallery hosted an art alumni exhibit and an affiliated panel on art careers that demonstrated the rich range of our studio art graduates’ practices and professions and the department celebrated the scholarship and diverse careers of our art history alumni during the Art History Alumni Colloquium.  This blog post continues where last year’s exhibit and colloquium left off, showcasing several art alumni’s varied paths. 

We will continue to profile alumni throughout the semester and hope this engagement with our graduates will inspire and enhance connections amongst members our ever-growing Department of Art and Art History community. 

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