Art at Adams State University

Art has the ability to provoke, evoke, stimulate and inspire. The Art Department uses this statement as the basis of its mission. The art programs are designed to develop in students the breadth of understanding necessary to explore new ideas and challenge convention. Its mission is to enable students to create the greatest art of all: art that makes a difference.

Art Student for the Day

The best way to find out if Adams State is right for you is to come and immerse yourself in our program for a day. Be a Art Student for a Day.

Bachelor of Art Education K-12

Bachelor of Fine Arts or Liberal Arts (Studio Art)

with majors or areas of emphasis in

  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • 3D Material Studies

Art Program Highlights

Minor in Art

Why you should minor in art…

  • Employers are looking for creative thinkers.
  • Exercise your full brain – if you spend most of your time thinking analytically (left brain), a switch to holistic, hands-on, right brain work can give you a break and then a boost when you switch back.
  • Take some ‘you time’ – give yourself the chance to express yourself and grow in a new way. It won’t be your “easy class” but it will be fun and rewarding!

Art Program Outcomes

Approximately 16 art exhibits per year
Approximately 4 guest lectures per year by professional artists

Traditional jobs such as teaching, graphic design, marketing, foundry work, gallery owners, studio artists, continue to expand. Many main-stream industry leaders seek detail orientated employees with the ability to creatively problem solve and work collaboratively with others – all skills learned here. Explore more careers in art.


Artists who passionately share their skills and techniques to inspire their students.


Graphic Design
Marketing or Advertising
Foundry Work
Gallery Owner

Art Program Faculty

Eugene Schilling
Professor of Art
Leslie Macklin Rice
Assistant Professor Ceramic
Dana Provence
Professor of Art
Kris Gosar
Adjunct Instructor in Art
Eric Stewart
Assistant Professor of Art

Art Program Curriculum

Explore Some of Our Courses

AR 105: Intro to Art Criticism (3 hours)
A course that introduces students to art criticism and critical thinking in the field of visual art. Exercises in reading about art, observing art, talking and writing about art, will develop the student’s ability to articulate and critique a wide variety of art works. Students will be introduced to and practice techniques for reading, thinking, writing and speaking critically as applied to art.

AR 208: Drawing (3 hours)
Develop basic drawing skills using a variety of media and subject matter (e.g. models, still life, landscapes, etc.). An emphasis on composition, contour, gesture, value, and linear perspective. This course has a course specific fee to cover the costs of some materials.

AR 310: Photoshop (3 hours)
An advanced study of the design relating to the work of the graphic designer. Students learn Adobe PhotoShop software and work on advanced design projects such as book and CD covers, posters, corporate identity projects, and package design, etc. This course has a course specific fee to cover the costs of some materials

Academic Catalog