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.




Kittredge Gallery is closed for the summer.


Carolyn Corl '15 will attend the University of Oregon’s MFA in Landscape Architecture program this fall.

Mary Thompson '19 (Art History) was awarded the Religious Leadership Award and the Cyrus Ames Wright Scholarship for the academic year 2018-2019.

Katy Cowan '04 is part of a group exhibition "Do Something To It. Do Something Else To It." opening this weekend at Philip Martin Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

Ayse Hunt '19, (double major in Art History and Computer Science) has received the prestigious Lora Bryning Scholarship for 2018-2019. 

Kelsey Eldridge '12, has passed her General Exams and is now at the stage of ABD (all but dissertation) in the Ph.D. program of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. 

Haley Andres '14, is working as a Graduate and Fellowship Associate at the Posse Foundation.

Erin Weary '13, Sculpture, received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Alison Grimm '12, Sculpture, received her MFA in Sculpture from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Katharine Threat '20, Art History major, has been awarded a Summer Internship at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum of Modern Art in Washington, D.C. as Gallery Guide for Summer 2018.

Eight Art and Art History majors were awarded AHSS Summer Research Grants: 
Ian Chandler (Sculpture)
Elayna Caron (Painting)
Ally Hembree (Printmaking)
Walker Hewitt (Painting)
Ayse Hunt (Art History)
Sophia Munic (Sculpture)
Ronda Peck (Ceramics)
Mary Thompson (Art History)

Dina Mustakim '16, will be earning an MFA in Production Design (building film and TV sets for the most part) at Chapman University in Southern California.

Maia Raedar '16, will enter Western Washington University’s Secondary Education Master’s Program in the fall.

Bryn Thomas '14, will be attending Tulane University in New Orleans, to begin her MSW (Master of Social Work).

Aaron Badham '11, accepted a tenure-line position in the Department of Art at Hastings College in Nebraska where he will be the Sculpture Area Coordinator.

Olivia Sherman '17, will attend Tyler School of Art’s MFA program in the fall. She was awarded a full ride fellowship and a monthly stipend. 

Louisa Raitt '15, is completing her M.A. degree at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts this spring.  She has been accepted by the same institution to continue her graduate studies as a Ph.D. candidate studying Spanish Art History from the 13-15th centuries with full tuition coverage and stipend for five years.

Jonathan Steele '14, the adjunct ceramics instructor, hadn’t made a figurative piece since he was a student—then he was asked to teach the class. Read all about it in Puget Sound Stories!

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


Professor of Art in Painting and Department Chair, Elise Richman will present a paper A Portrait of Power at the 13th Annual International Conference on The Arts in Society this June in Vancouver, BC.  Richman’s paper analyzes and contextualizes former President Obama’s official portrait, which was painted by Kehinde Wiley.

Professor of Art in Printmaking, Janet Marcavage participated in the panel, “Technology and Craft” this April at the Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance conference at WSU. The panel will be chaired by Mary Farrell, Professor of Art and Printmaking at Gonzaga University.

Michael Johnson, Professor of Sculpture, had his large-scale public work, Monument to the Ordinary (Stack) added to the permanent collection of Irvine College in Irvine, CA.