Art Department

The Art Department

The visual arts programs at Westfield State University incorporates a curriculum consistent with C.A.A. guidelines through the exploration of traditional and emerging mediums. The Art Department offers a BA in Art with areas of concentration in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Art History, Visual Arts Education Licensure (Prek-8 and 5-12), Art Therapy Preparation, and Fine Arts, comprised of Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The Department also offers five minors in Art History, Art, Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Animation.  Each concentration's and minor's objectives are to develop technical knowledge and expertise appropriate to each discipline.  All concentrations share a common Art Major foundation program that lead into the concentration specializations in the final two years of study. This foundation program is of critical significance as it provides each student a comprehensive background in color, form, structure and design.  Additionally, our students have the opportunity to participate in professional internships, capstone and thesis classes, the Graphic Design and Fine Arts Clubs, the creation of the department's DART journal, the Theta Lambda Chapter of Kappa Pi, and the Annual Student Art Exhibition.  The Art Department's Mission Statement and Department Outcomes reflect these ideas and concepts.

The art studios in The Catherine Dower Center for Performing and Fine Arts are open to all art majors, minors and students that are taking art classes for all of their studio-related projects.  All courses are open to the university’s students who meet the proper prerequisites of each class. The professors at Westfield State encourages student experimentation and independence of thought in a creative environment.  Due to our comfortable studio and lecture class size, you'll have the advantage of working one on one with these professors who are professional practitioners in their fields of study.  Trips to regional museums and galleries are a regular part of the department’s art classes along with presentations and workshops with regional and national visiting artist.

Fall 2020 Student Handbook

Department Spotlight

3D Design
In Prof. George Ramirez’s graphic design class, lessons go beyond the digital world.

Portfolio Review:

If you've requested admission to the Art Major on your application form, applicants must successfully pass a portfolio review by the Art Department’s faculty.

Submit your digital art portfolio

Alumni & Current Students

See what they're up to!

Interested in Video Game Design?

This Video Game Design document highlights how Westfield State can help you.

Study in Florence, Italy

Westfield State collaborates with Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy.  Students can enrich their educational experience and receive credit by living in Florence Italy for one or two semesters or a J-term over Winter break.

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Department Announcements

October 10, 2020

The Art Department's Fall Townhall Meeting is Wednesday 10/21 at 6:30 pm.  Junior Delgado from the Career Center will give a LinkedIn presentation.

October 2, 2020

Graphic Design 2 has been working with Care Coalition of West Springfield, MA rebranding their idenity. View the 2 proposals the class has presented to them.  Group 1 and 2

September 28, 2020

Please join us for the 2020 Dower Arts Networking Night.  Meet alumni who are working in the fields of visual art, music, and theater

August 31, 2020

Please read through the Art Department's Fall 2020 Student Handbook on the department's Issuu page.

August 31, 2020

The department would like to congratulate Carlos Nunez (class of 2020) on his acceptance into the Academy of Art University's 2D Animation graduate program.

August 3, 2020

The Art Department has just been approved by the Department of Education and Secondary Education (DESE) to offer PreK-8 and 5-12 Visual Art Educator Preparation Programs starting Fall 2020.  Contact the Art Department for more information.

June 9, 2020

The Art Department would like to congratulate 2018 graduate MaryRose O'Grady on graduating from the Academy of Art University with her MA in Graphic Design.

Art Gallery

Arno Maris Gallery

Visit the Arno Maris Gallery website to view current and upcoming exhibits and lectures occurring in this space.

The gallery has five exhibit yearly along with lectures and other events through out the year. The annual Student Art Exhibit takes place in April showcasing the work of the university's students.

20-21 Arno Maris Gallery Schedule

Photo Galleries

Browse our photo gallery

Student Artwork Gallery and Dower Art Studios

Empty Bowls Project

The Empty Bowls Soup Serving Event is a fundraiser that serves as a powerful reminder that hunger exists right here in our campus community.

Math, Science, & Art Spring 2017 Exhibit

Arno Maris Gallery at Westfield State University in April 2017


View the piece of artwork titled Obaminoes and learn about the piece in the Ely Library


Westfield State University's Art Department allows students to be prepared to further their education with graduate degrees in Art History, Fine Arts, and Art Therapy.   Students in the Graphic Design, Animation, and Illustration Concentrations are prepared to for a career in these visual art professions as well as they can choose to go on to graduate school.  Students that complete the Viusal Arts Education Licensure Programs graduate as licensed Massschuestts Visual Arts Educators able to teach visual arts in the public schools system and students that complete the Art Therapy Preparation Program are prepared to apply to a graduate Art Therapy Program which will allow them to become licensed art therapists.

  • Design Firms / Advertising Agencies / Interior Designer
  • Illustrator / Animator / Graphic Designer
  • Art Therapy / Museum Educators


All Art Majors and Minors are strongly encouraged to partake in internships, a summer artist residence, and the University's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) programs. Additional information about these opportunities can be found below. 

Clubs & Organizations

  • Art Club

    The purpose of this club is to enrich the educational experience of all students interested in art by providing trips to art museums.

  • Graphic Design Club

    The Graphic Design Club provides members with a better understanding of graphic design and graphic arts in visual communication.

  • OTAKU Club

    The primary purpose of the Westfield State Otaku Club is to provide members of the club with information pertaining to Japanese animation.

  • Pottery Club

    The Pottery Club provides students an opportunity to create and express themselves through ceramics outside of a regular classroom setting.

  • Photography Club

    This club was created to promote the art, science, and fun of photography.