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Art Department

The Art Department

The Art Department offers a B.A. Degree in Art with various concentrations and minors.  Internships on and off campus are available to all art majors and minors. All courses are open to the university’s students who meet the proper prerequisites of each class. The high caliber of Professors at Westfield State influence 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 the studio and lecture classes.  

The art studios in The Catherine Dower Center for Performing and Visual Arts are open to all art majors and students that are taking art classes for all of their studio-related projects. Students may participate in the graphic design and fine arts clubs, participate in department sponsored trips to regional art studios and galleries throughout the year, participate in the creation of University’s Persona Magazine, and other campus related activities.  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.

Portfolio Review:

If you 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 here.

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

May 2018 : The Department would like to congratulate 2018 alumni MaryRose O'Grady and Justin Chicklowski on their acceptance into the M.F.A programs at the Academy of Art University.  MaryRose was accepted into the Graphic Design Program and Justin into the 2D Animation Program.  In addition, the Department would like to congratulate 2018 alumni William Tejeda and Brittany Laviolette on their employment positions.  At Reebok Headquarters in Boston, MA for William as an apprentice in their design department and for Brittany on her full-time position at the Smithsonian Institution Office of Marketing and Fundraising in Washington DC.  The Department would also like to recognize Logan Vincent-Sutherland's summer internship at Alexis Design in Northampton, MA.

May 2017 : 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.

Please visit the University Catalog to see the programs the department offers.

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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. 


Girl making pottery

Meet Our Students

Undergraduate Enrollment

Department Announcements

May 21, 2018

The Art Department is very pleased to be a part of this new dual admission program with Greenfield Community College starting fall 2018.

May 24, 2018

The department would like to congratulate the newest members of the university's chapter "Theta Lambda" of the Kappa Pi International Honoary Art Fraternity

January 24, 2018

Update, 05/23/2018 : The department would like to congratulate graduating senoir Brittany Laviolette on her full-time employement at her spring 2018 internship at the Smithsonian Institution Office of Marketing and Fundraising through The Washington Center.  The Art Department and University is very proud of this achievement of hers.

February 12, 2018

Please see the article on NEPR of the performance  17 Years Boys (Re)Imagining Black Boy Subjectivity with Art by Professor Dr. Imo Imeh

October 20, 2017

Graphic Design Club will meet on Thursdays at 3 pm in Dower 103 / Resource Room for the 17-18 academic year.

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

A panel discussion with exhibiting artists Angela Zammarelli, Manju Shandler, and Sooo-z Mastropietro along with Guest Curator Maggie Nowinski: Thursday April 12, 2018 at 11:30 am in the Arno Maris Gallery, Ely Campus Center.

Springfield Public School's Junior &Senior Student Art Exhibit

Please join the Art Department and the University at the reception for the Springfield Public School's Junior & Senior At Exhibit at the Arno Maris Gallery on May 17th at 4:45pm. The event is free and open to the 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

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.