Welcome to the Art Department at Missouri Western State University, where we invite you to explore and expand the power and potential of art and design. The Art Department is a community of highly qualified, professional artists, dedicated faculty and engaged students, who are fully committed to learning, creative research and service. Our faculty are accomplished professionals who make significant contributions to the cultural life of the university, city, state, nation, and world through research that results in creative activities, exhibitions, public lectures, and other professional activities. We are committed to providing members of our community an intellectually stimulating environment, access to good studio spaces and connections to vast resources available on our campus. The main objective of the Art program is to provide students with opportunities to express their thoughts and ideas through a variety of media, such as paint, clay and animation, to name a few. The department provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in the visual arts that will prepare students to practice art on a professional level. The Art Department boasts of fully equipped painting, ceramic, photography, sculpture, and printmaking studios. There is also a foundry and an active art gallery program with visiting professional artists who exhibit, lecture and conduct workshops. Additionally, students have access to a state-of-the-art computer lab with the latest MacIntosh computers loaded with the most current graphic design and animation software. Download our Brochure.