It is our joy to help students discover, develop and share their voice through creative expression in art and design.


Our Mission

The Department of Art and Design is a vibrant and diverse community of individuals who share a passion for art and design. The Department’s mission is to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and critical thinking abilities necessary to become successful artists, designers and scholars in the field. The program values the evolution of art and design over time and place and encourages students to explore and experiment with different media, techniques, and styles.

The Department of Art and Design is located in an urban environment that is rich in cultural history and offers students a unique opportunity to engage with the community and learn from local artists, designers and scholars. The program values diversity and interdisciplinary collaboration, recognizing that art and design is a reflection of society and culture, and that it has the power to bring people together and affect change.

Through exhibitions, lectures, research, and publications, the Department of Art and Design advocates for art and design and enriches the University and surrounding communities. The program is committed to cultivating socially aware and ethically responsible leaders, who will use their skills and creativity to make a positive impact on the world.

The Department of Art and Design is a dynamic and exciting community that offers students a rigorous and rewarding education in art and design, and prepares them for successful careers as artists, designers and scholars.

Our Vision

The Department of Art and Design will cultivate an inclusive community of artists, designers and scholars who inspire critical thinking, creativity and innovation through the exploration and creation of visual culture.

Our Values

The Department of Art and Design values discovery, creativity, innovation, professionalism, diversity, inclusiveness, accessibility and community.

Our Priorities

The Department of Art and Design priorities revolve around elevating enrollment, retention, and graduation rates, all while upholding the fundamental values that define our institution. We are dedicated to offering students unique and impactful learning experiences that contribute to their lifelong success. Fostering an academic environment that embraces cultural and individual differences is a key aspect of our mission. We aim to amplify the department's visibility and influence within the community, positioning the Department of Art and Design as the gateway for the public to access the broader University. A crucial focus is on boosting research and scholarly/creative activities, supported by external funding. We strive to garner increased support, both internally and externally, for programs, scholarships, and professorships. Our commitment extends to recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty and staff members who contribute to the overall excellence of the Department of Art and Design.

Fogelman Galleries

The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art provides a valuable educational experience for students and the greater Memphis community.

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Box Gallery

The Box Gallery is a place where students, artists, and curators can challenge their work in a public setting.

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The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, a Tennessee Center of Excellence, is dedicated to the study of the art, history, and culture of ancient Egypt through teaching, research, exhibition, and community education.

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AMUM serves the University and its region as a resource and laboratory for the study, interpretation, and presentation of the visual arts and the dissemination of artistic scholarly research.

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The University of Memphis is committed to providing quality education at an affordable price. We offer a guaranteed tuition plan with locked-in rates for eight consecutive semesters.

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Whether you are looking to take the next step in your career or wanting to brush up on new advancements in art or design, applying to the University of Memphis is easier than ever before.

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