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.



Elsa Woolley '15, is a consultant with Ann Benson Reidy + Associates art consulting based in Denver.  They work with the development of art collections for private and corporate clients.

Hannah Lehman '17, has recently been hired as a gallery education teacher with the San Jose Museum of Art.

Ariel Scholten ’10, won third place in a competitive national architecture design contest.  She is earning her master’s degree at the University of Washington’s School of Architecture.


Professor Elise Richman received a Thomas Davis Teaching Award.  

Todd Jannausch (Studio Technician) and Professor Janet Marcavage are both awardees of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award. A public reception for this year’s awardees will be held during the Third Thursday Art Walk on September 21, 2017 at the Spaceworks Gallery. 

Kittredge Gallery

Clarissa Sligh: Artist and Activist; Fumiko Kimura ’77: Sumi Artist

Join us...

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 6–7 p.m.: A book talk, along with partner Kim Purser, in Archives & Special Collections, 2nd floor, Collins Memorial Library 

Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5–7 p.m.: The opening reception in Kittredge Gallery, with a talk by Clarissa Sligh at 5:30 p.m.

Spaceworks Gallery

Exhibit Runs September 4 – October 19

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation will honor ten Pierce County visual artists for the 10th Foundation of Art Award in recognition of the growth of the local arts community since the Award’s inception. This year’s awardees span a wide range of artistic mediums, from painting and sculpture, to fabric and letterpress.