The Department of Art educates students in the visual arts and design from a holistic
perspective: practical, theoretical, and historical. Whether focusing in studio, art
history, art education, or graphic design, undergraduate and graduate students develop
a creative voice and professional practice through the cultivation of skill, critical
analysis, and an understanding of art’s evolution over time and place.
Memphis has a deeply rooted, well-known cultural history as fertile ground for world-changing
creative expression in art, music, and literature. Located in the center of the city,
the Department of Art critically engages this heritage as a sourcefor its own identity
and inspiration, while at the same time taking up broader contemporary issues and
questions from a global perspective.
Interwoven within a major metropolitan university, the Department of Art is made up
of a diverse range of students whose racial, ethnic, cultural andeconomic backgrounds
contribute to a broader research university community and curriculum where experimentation
and innovation are paramount. Diversity, interdisciplinarity, and creative expression
are central to cultivating socially directed and ethically responsible artistic leaders
for the 21st century.
The University of Memphis Department of Art is a diverse community of students, teachers,
and mentors mutually engaged in building a foundation for thoughtful creative expression
and professional practice through the cultivation of skill, critical analysis, and
an understanding of art’s evolution over time and place. Embedded in an urban environment
with a deeply rooted cultural history as fertile ground for world-changing creative
expression, as well as a major metropolitan research university that addresses broad
contemporary issues from an informed global perspective, the Department of Art critically
engages heritage, diversity, and interdisciplinarity as foundational for the cultivation
of socially aware and ethically responsible artistic leaders for the 21st exhibitions,
lectures, research and publications, the department both advocates for the visual
arts and enriches the university and surrounding communities.