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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 four minors in 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 creation of campus journals, 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 the 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

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

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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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Department Announcements

February 5, 2019

The Art Department's 2019 Empty Bowls Project began this past Monday with a bowl making workshop.

February 12, 2019

Please visit this engaging exhibit by Professor Dr. Imo Imeh titled: 17 Years Boy: Epiloque

January 17, 2019

Black History Month Art Exhibition at Western New England University: Suicide Girl and Her Nne Sisters: Revisiting a Racist Children's Book with Professor Imo Nse Imeh.

September 17, 2018

Graphic Design Club will meet on Thursdays at 5 pm in Dower 166 for the 18-19 academic year.

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.

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

Obaminoes

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

Careers

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
  • Illustrator / Animator
  • Art Therapy / Museum Educators

Internships

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 at the Career Center's Handshake webpage and at CURCA's webpage. Below you will find documents containing information on internship requirements, sites, and application for Art Majors. 

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.

  • 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.