Beginning with Visual Literacy, students investigate the ways society communicates beliefs and values through the artifacts we make. Students develop an expanded awareness of their surroundings and an understanding of the potential for visual images and constructed artifacts to express their own ideas and observations about the world. Students may choose an emphasis in one or more of the following areas including ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.
Majoring in art is a first step toward a career as a studio artist, arts administrator, art instructor, gallery manager, graphic designer, illustrator, museum worker, restoration specialist, web designer, and many other careers. Opportunities depend largely on the student's interests and initiative. Students who pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts are better prepared to continue their education in studio art at the graduate level, and for employment as artists, while students who work toward the Bachelor of Arts are prepared for careers in fields where a broader, liberal arts education is an asset.
UNL is regarded in the top three schools in the Big Ten in ceramics and printmaking from the perspective of national recognition of both our current faculty and the performance of our graduate programs. As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the department meets the highest academic standards required of all professional art and design schools.
Art majors have the opportunity to intern at the department's Eisentrager•Howard Gallery, learning about gallery management and the proper display and handling of art. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the following art clubs: Art League, Clay Club, Lincoln Print Group, and UNL AIGA (the professional association for design) Student Chapter.
- Professor Karen Kunc, Willa Cather Professor of Art (printmaking)
- Professor Peter Pinnell, Hixson-Lied Professor of Art (ceramics)
- Kate Bingaman-Burt (MFA, 2004), Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Portland State University, whose book, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in April 2010
- Karen Blessen (BFA, 1973), a Pulitzer Prize winning free lance artist and writer based in Dallas, Texas
- Bruce Conner (BFA, 1956), a major artist in the Beat community in San Francisco in the 1960s and one of the most important figures in postwar independent filmmaking
- Aaron Douglas (BA, 1922), a central member of the Harlem Renaissance circle of artists and poets in the 1930s
- T.L. Solien (MFA, 1977), Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, whose paintings are in the collections of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, and the Art Institute of Chicago
The Arts Major has three notable facilities including the Eisentrager•Howard Gallery, Richards Hall and the Woods Art Building.