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Department of Art & Design Statement of Solidarity

June 5, 2020

Today, on what should be a celebration of the birthday of Breonna Taylor, of Louisville, Kentucky, we instead mourn her death.

It is past time to dismantle the racist structures that continue to create injustices for and claim the lives of Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Color in the United States of America.

The WKU Department of Art & Design stands in support of the statement made by our administration “seeking inclusion and respecting the rights of all people, celebrating and embracing diversity and encouraging freedom of expression.” https://www.wku.edu/caboni/news/index.php?view=article&articleid=8858

Our students, faculty and staff, alumni, and expanded community deserve to feel and be safe, regardless of the color of their skin. We recognize the systemic racist structures that keep this from being true and unite in solidarity to say “no more” to systemic racism and injustice.

There is much work that needs to be done to honor the commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, fairness, and justice, including examining and re-examining our own structures and practices. We know that cultural equity is critical to the long-term viability of the arts, but more importantly, cultural equity is critical to the human experience. 

We pledge to do the work needed to fully support our BIPOC students, faculty and staff, alumni, and community. We will elevate your ideas, your voices, and your creativity. You must be heard. We will listen.

And – you must be seen. From established artists to our own young alumni, we will be using our platforms to promote Black artists that the world should know.

Art & Design

From creativity to career.

The WKU Department of Art & Design offers paths to explore, experience, and expand the possibilities of artistic expression, an indispensable part of human society.



Department of Art & Design Programs

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BFA Studio Concentration 

With tracks in ceramics, painting/drawing, printmaking, sculpture, weaving, and a self-designed mix, our professional fine arts degree emphasizes concept and application in the development of an individual, professional studio practice. Students continue as practicing artists and/or through graduate studies, while finding work in a range of fields and industries.

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BFA Graphic Design Concentration

Designers work on the websites you visit, the ads you see, the movies you watch, the games you play, and the packaging for the products you buy. Our professional degree in graphic design prepares students for work in a variety of creative fields and positions. Many students explore the fields of print design, animation, web design, new media, illustration, and more.

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AB in Art Education

This is where your love of art and dedication to teaching meet.  Our program provides a professional path toward a rewarding career in teaching through excellent mentoring, rich studio experience, real life connected service learning, and incredible international student teaching opportunities.  Be an active advocate of arts. 

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AB in Art History

Art historians are ready for a wide range of careers in the field of art, history, non-profits, and more. Art historians may choose to pursue a career as a curator, teacher, conservator, art restorer, museum manager, visual resource curator, and more. some art historians go on to consult on movies and video games.

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AB Visual Studies, Studio

Our liberal arts degree provides students with a range of artistic experience and knowledge. The Studio concentration includes a breadth of courses in animation, drawing/illustration, ceramics, graphic design, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and weaving. Students often pair this degree with a second degree.

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