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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 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 Depertment'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.

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 Art Therapy?

This Art Therapy 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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Undergraduate Enrollment

Department Announcements

February 3, 2020

Great opportunity on 02/06 to find a spring or summer internship at UMASS Amherst's Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative's Spring Arts and Humanities Internship Fair

January 24, 2020

Please come see Springfield Public Schools Junior and Senior Art Exhibit in the Arno Maris Gallery.  It is on view until the 02/08.  For more inofrmation of the exhibit, please click on the links.

February 3, 2020

The comes see the Artists of Springfield MA exhibit in the Art Wing of  the Catherine Dower Center.  Please click on the link for more information.

December 4, 2019

Please watch this video of the branding project from this fall's Graphic Design 2 

September 24, 2019

Graphic Design Club meets on Thursdays at 5:15 pm in Dower 166 for AY 19-20

December 3, 2019

Please read the article on Professor George Ramirez in the fall issue of the University's Focus magazine.

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.

19-20 Arno Maris Gallery Schedule

Photo Galleries

Browse our photo gallery

Student Artwork Gallery

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 choose to go on to graduate school. 

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Photography Club

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

  • 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.