The Department of

Art

An environment where creativity, experimentation, and intellectual discourse can flourish

We recognize the advantages that are gained through the integration of disciplines and through broader association with other practices and research units across the university. Creative and intellectual energy generated by crossing boundaries benefits our graduate and undergraduate students and prepares them for an ever-changing global culture.

Art Education

Educates students toward becoming reflective art teachers who can encourage students to create artworks in response to life experiences

Art History

Educates students toward becoming reflective art teachers who can encourage students to create artworks in response to life experiences

Art & Ecology

Encourages students to investigate, question, and expand upon inter-relationships between cultural and natural systems

Ceramics

Supports the development of diverse personal visions, ranging from utilitarian pottery, sculptural objects, and installations, to site-specific works and performance art

Experimental Art & Technology

Fosters an atmosphere of radical creativity and thoughtful engagement with emergent and established technologies

Foundations

Interdisciplinary curriculum structured around thematic units, introducing students to the conceptual issues that all artists must consider

Painting & Drawing

With its rich cultural heritage and stunning variety of landscapes, New Mexico has been a magnet for fine artists for a long time

Photography

A fluid investigation into visual literacy focusing on the creative possibilities of lens-based imaging

Printmaking

A variety of traditional instruction and techniques, as well as innovative and interdisciplinary concerns about its role in the context of contemporary art

Sculpture

Exciting and diverse choice of approaches toward working three-dimensionally, including techniques in woodworking, metal fabrication, and casting

“We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth—at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.”
—Pablo Picasso

Department of Art Events

Produced by our dynamic students and faculty, the College of Fine Arts proudly presents over 300 public performances, exhibitions, installations & art lectures annually.

From the Chair

“Welcome to the Department of Art: Art Studio, Art History and Art Education at UNM! We are a vibrant department of studio artists, historians and educators committed to offering our students diverse approaches to art practice and scholarship that foster experimentation, interdisciplinary investigation, critical thinking, and engagement with the history, traditions and future of art.

Graduates from our programs have gone on to become working artists, teachers, doctors, lawyers, and business entrepreneurs. Through the study of art making, art scholarship, and art education at UNM they were fortified by classroom experience with critiques which emphasize clarity of personal artistic expression, research papers which emphasize critical reading and interpretation, and visual acuity which allows us to see critical details that are often missed by the general public. A degree in art at UNM is a challenging path, but one that is greatly rewarding on many levels.”

—Justine Andrews, Chair, Department of Art

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“The art program at UNM was absolutely invaluable in the development of my personal and professional life. Not only was I given the leeway to pursue the mediums that I wanted, but the faculty thoughtfully pushed me to hone my artistic ability and creative thinking skills with radical new ideas and collaborative experiences. I can honestly say that my time in the College of Fine Arts was four of the best years of my life.”

Trent Jones

2012 Bachelor of Arts graduate, Graphic Designer

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How to Apply

• All students must be admitted to the University, whether as an incoming freshman, transfer student, or non-degree student. Apply online through the Admissions Department at UNM

•After meeting all CFA admission requirements, students must apply to become a declared major.

Academic Advisement

The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center is committed to serve the UNM community with compassion, guidance, and respect as we promote academic excellence.

To speak with a CFA advisor, please call (505) 277-4817.

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