The Mission of the Department of Art is:
· to provide an exceptionally high quality education for those students committed to learning in the visual arts by providing a relevant, integrated and comprehensive curriculum that expands their artistic, intellectual and professional abilities through developing knowledge and skills in art (history, theory, pedagogy, and studio),
· to instill a greater understanding and visual literacy of the arts and humanities within the Pittsburg State University general student body, PK-12 school systems and the broader community by creating opportunities to engage in the world of visual arts through curricular, interdisciplinary and campus-based programs, along with directed outreach to the four state region,
· to provide the Pittsburg State University campus and community with exhibits of contemporary art and lecture presentations in order to further the artistic understanding of all constituents in the academic setting,
· to contribute significantly to advancement of the artistic disciplines by having active professional faculty, who are established at the local, regional, state, national and international levels.
The Department of Art realizes the value of individualized instruction. As art faculty members each of us is committed to the development of all students' full potentials. Our mission is to provide an educational context within which students can pursue knowledge and skills in a number of art fields. Each student is introduced to a broad range of aesthetic and stylistic positions through the study of art studio, art history and art education. We are all active exhibiting artists and research scholars in our respective art fields.
Our goal is to provide students the knowledge and practical skills necessary for success as working artists and professional art educators. We strive to establish an environment conducive to artistic growth, acting as catalysts in the development of sensitive, aware individuals who can respond intelligently and creatively to a rapidly changing world.
We specialize in the preparation of visual artists and teachers by strongly emphasizing a design, drawing and art history core. While our art studio emphases include ceramics, commercial art, painting, and jewelry design, we provide for study in photography, sculpture, crafts, and printmaking as well. We also provide both students and the community an extensive slate of contemporary art exhibitions and artists' lectures, including studio visits.