Art and Art History

About Us

It is a distinct pleasure to welcome all to The Department of Art and Art History. The department is located in the Cultural Arts Building, a state-of-the-arts facility that opened in 2006. The building includes our primary Art Gallery, the Mezzanine Student Gallery, art history lecture halls, ceramic and sculpture studios, painting studios, drawing studios, graphic design computer lab, printmaking studio, and both digital and darkroom photography labs. The Cultural Arts Building also provides multi-use theatres and music performance halls in the performance wing.

Our department offers B.A. degrees in both Studio Art and Art History. Our curriculum is rich in traditional learning experiences, independent study and service learning opportunities, with a strong international component, including international study travel in France, Italy, and Spain. Our faculty is a dynamic group of artists and scholars whose publications and exhibitions span the globe. Faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and provide a broad innovative curriculum to meet the diverse needs of the UNCW campus, Southeastern North Carolina, and the global community. Additionally, we are excited to be part of a new interdisciplinary major in Digital Arts in partnership with the department of Computer Science. The B.A. in Digital Arts is designed to prepare students to work in computer-art and design-related fields such as mobile-application and web design, game development, visual effects, film, interactive media, and other emerging opportunities at the cross-section of computer technology and the arts.

The Art Gallery hosts national, international, student, and faculty exhibits. In addition to showcasing Senior Student Exhibits semiannually, the gallery is a dedicated exhibition space that serves an educational purpose and complements our programs. The department sponsors guest speakers who present public lectures in art and art history, as well as international visiting artists, and studio art demonstrations. A public reception is held for each exhibit.

We partner with the Cameron Art Museum, UNCW's Office of the Arts, and Randall Library's Sherman L Hayes Gallery to augment our in-house exhibitions.

Student learning is the heart of our programs. In addition to core curriculum, accomplished and dedicated students create site-specific artworks, exhibit in juried competitions and regional galleries and museums. Students have internship opportunities at the Cameron Art Museum and other regional art museums as well as in regional galleries and artists' studios. At the center of student resources is the Art Circle, an official student organization that exists to bring students together outside of class in order to share and exchange experiences and information concerning the visual arts. Departmental scholarship opportunities include the Owen and Myrna Wexler Scholarship in Art, the Ann Flack Boseman Art Scholarship, the Kathleen Price Bryan Scholarship, the Forrest R. Lewis Family Scholarship, and the Bookstore Scholarship.

For more information on the department and our activities, please contact Shannon Sheriff, Administrative Assistant, 910.962.3440, or myself kirschkea@uncw.edu. Please visit our department and attend our events. Prospective students are especially welcome. - AMY KIRSCHKE, DEPARTMENT CHAIR