Department of Art


photo_workWhat types of applied learning opportunities do you have available?
All seniors exhibit their works in a gallery show before they graduate.

Art Education majors complete student teaching requirements in area elementary, middle or high schools.

All Graphic Design majors complete internships at businesses, design firms, advertising agencies and organizations to gain practical experience in their field before they graduate. Western students have completed internships at the Toms Shoes, Meredith Publishing Corporation, Callahan Creek Marketing Agency, Discover The Phoenix Region Magazine, Lawrence Theatre League, and Vahalla Studios. Local businesses and organizations that have employed interns include Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Heartland Foundation, MoDot Regional Council, RJ Promotions, First Street Graphics, Sunshine Electronic Display, Atchison Chamber of Commerce, O’Malley Beverage, Eye Candy Graphics, Missouri Western State University, and Western Institute.  Designers also participate in the juried senior exhibition.

What special facilities does the Western Art Department have?
The Art Department contains painting, ceramic, photography, sculpture and printmaking studios, along with a foundry and a computer lab with the latest graphic design software. The department also has an art gallery and a small art library.

The MWSU animation and graphic design lab is equiped with 22 MacPro quad processor computers, the latest design software including Maya, Adobe Master Collection CS6 that includes Flash CS6, Photoshop Professionla CS6, Illustrator CS6, Premier CS6, After Effects CS6, Fireworks CS6, InDesign CS6 and Dreamweaver CS6. We also support Firefox and Safari web search applications. We also have the latest Epson injet printers including 3 Stylus Pro 4800, a large Stylus Pro 4800, and a large format Stylus Pro 8700.

Does your department offer any study abroad opportunities?
Yes. Every other year, the Art Department offers a travel and study abroad trip to Europe to study art and art history. The past two trips have been three-week trips, where students spent two weeks in Rome and one week in Florence.

Do students and faculty work together on research projects?
Yes. Students and faculty often work together either one-on-one or in small groups on research projects. Recent projects include Flux Variation on Cone 10 Oxidation/Reduction Glazes, Research into the Development of Color in Cone 9/10 Oxidation Reduction Glazes, and Exploration and Replication of Salt-Firing Methodology by Early Midwest Potters.