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Art Department

The Art Department

The Art Department at Westfield State University offers a number of areas of expertise and educational possibilities in the Arts. You'll be able to choose from many different options to strengthen and obtain a successful career in Art. We provide you with an opportunity to achieve one of the highest standards for art schools in Massachusetts, with a promising future in the field.

The high caliber of Professors at Westfield State influences our students for a rich learning environment. Due to our comfortable class size you'll have the advantage of working one on one with art professors in their studio and lecture art classes.  

To submit your portfolio to be reviewed by the department for admission into the art department, please follow the instructions on this document.

Interested in Art Therapy as a profession, read over this Art Therapy document on how Westfield State can help you.

The Department would like to congratulate 2017 alumni Allison Terkelson on her Junior Graphic Designer position at ALEX AND ANI, Haley Caisse on her position at L. Knife & Son in Kingston, MA as a Graphic Designer, and Julia Edwards on her position at Advanced Signing as an Assistant Technical Illustrator, and Jacob Heroux on his Graphic Digital Support position at iHeart in Hartford, CT

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Department Spotlight

student making sculpture

Study in Florence, Italy

The Art Department provides several International study abroad programs in the Arts. Westfield State University has recently collaborated with (FUA) 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.

There are several other opportunities to study abroad and in the United States. Art students have immediately participated in this International experience have said it is one best opportunities that they have had in their education. 


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Meet Our Students

Undergraduate Enrollment

Department Announcements

August 28, 2017

The Art Department's new  Animation Concentration and Animation Minor along with a Illustration Concentration is available starting Fall 2017.  Please click on the links to learn about the programs.

October 20, 2017

Graphic Design Club will meet on Wednesday's at 6 pm in Dower 103 for the 17-18 academic year.

November 3, 2017

Please go visit the exhibit Visions of a Fragmented Landscape, Part II by Kim Carlino (a friend of the department and past visiting artist) at the Von Auersperg Gallery at Deerfield Academy from 11/05 - 12/5.  Also check out this article and video of a public art piece she created with Westfield State  students.

Art Galleries

Arno Maris Gallery

Please 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.

Artist Talks in the gallery this semester

Professor Amber Scoon: "What Does It Mean to See?", September 19, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm (Part of Westfield State University's 1st Year Read Program) and David White, Illustrator, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 3:30-4:30 pm . All events are open to the general public.

Photo Galleries

Browse our photo gallery

Student Artwork Gallery

Math, Science, & Art Spring 2017 Exhibit

Arno Maris Gallery at Westfield State University in April 2017


Please 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 work in several different aspects of computer graphics profession as well as choose to go on to graduate school. 

  • Design Firms / Advertising Agencies
  • Illustrator
  • Art Therapy
  • Art Educator in museums and school systems
  • Animator / Computer Graphics Artist
  • Museum or Art Gallery curator


All art majors and minors are strongly encouraged to partake in an internship and the University's Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.  Below you will find documents containing information on requirements, sites, and application.

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.