The Department of
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.
“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.”
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.
Degrees in Art
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
“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.”
2012 Bachelor of Arts graduate, Graphic Designer
Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM examines race and identity in New Mexico and is a space for artistic expression that grapples with the complexities of who we are, how we are understood, and how that impacts the way we live (or don’t) in a variety of places.
Their performance, Nueva Música de Nuevo México, will connect new music from New Mexico with an international audience, and bring selected John Donald Robb Field Recordings of historical New Mexican folk music back to Spain as part of the world premiere of a new composition.
University of New Mexico alumna Carol Payne banded together with her colleagues at Industrial Light & Magic to create Women in VFX, a series that highlights women working in visual effects for film and television.
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How to Apply
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.