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The Department of Art at Pittsburg State University provides students who have an interest in art with a strong foundation in creative critical thinking and design. We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with four emphasis areas: 2D Studio Art, 3D Studio Art, Illustration & Visual Storytelling, or Art Education. The BFA degree prepares students for a multitude of professional careers in studio, applied arts, and art education, and is also considered fundamental preparation for graduate degrees in the studio arts and art history.

The faculty members of the Department of Art are all active exhibiting artists and/or research scholars in our respective art fields, and provide our students with insight and guidance as they prepare for their own careers. The student/faculty ratio of the Department of art is approximately 15 to 1.

All art majors take a series of introductory art courses in a wide range of media, as well as art history courses, and upper-level courses in their emphasis area. Additionally, students pursuing a studio art emphasis take a series of professional practices courses that introduce them to the business aspects of being a working artists and developing creative careers. Those pursuing the Art Education emphasis receive a comprehensive art education curriculum. Students also have opportunities to participate in internships in the areas of Museum Studies and Gallery Practice, or Studio and Creative Industry.

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Degrees & Students
  • Undergraduate Program
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid
  • Kappa Pi International Art Honor Society
  • Facilities and Studios

The Department of Art at Pittsburg State University, provides students who have an interest in art, a strong foundation in creative critical thinking and design, that prepares them in a multitude of professional careers in studio, applied arts and art education. The BFA also is considered fundamental preparation for graduate degrees in the studio arts and art history.

To prepare students, the PSU Art Department offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with a Major in Art in a variety of emphases:

  • 2D Studio Art
  • 3D Studio Art
  • Illustration and Visual Storytelling

We also offer:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an Emphasis in Education - This emphasis is designed for those interested in profes­sional preparation for teaching art. The program meets the State of Kansas art teacher certification requirements for elementary and secondary levels (K-12) of public instruction. Basic art studio, history, and pedagogy courses make up one of the three components of the degree. The other two components consist of a required group of general education courses and a required group of professional education courses.

Minor Offered in Art:

  • Minor in Art (Non-Teacher Certification Minor) - Those seeking aesthetic or art historical knowledge, visual thinking and/or technical art skills to complement or expand their major courses of study should choose a minor in art.
  • Minor in Commercial Art - Programs such as graphic and imaging technology, communication, family and consumer science, technical education, and public relations will find a commercial art a useful compliment.
Learn More about the Program and the Degrees and Career Options

We are pleased that you are interested in pursuing a career in an art related field and that you are interested in applying for a scholarship from Pittsburg State University.

The Department of Art offers several art programs that may be appropriate to your goals. To be eligible to be you need to complete the PSU On-Line Scholarship application by February 1st of each year. Many of our scholarships are based on financial need as well as academic achievement. Financial need is determined by the results of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered for need based scholarships you must complete the scholarship application by February 1st and file the FAFSA by March 1st of each year.

In addition to the online scholarship application, students applying for Department of Art scholarships must also provide the following to the Department of Art Office by the February 1st deadline.

  • 10 photographs (Slides, CD, DVD)
  • Resume or Vita

Students must be a full time art major for the entire academic year (fall and spring semester). Professional semester enrollment does not qualify. Donor acknowledgements are required before disbursement of scholarship funds.

If you have any questions about art degree programs, career opportunities, or any further questions about applying for scholarships, please contact the Department of Art.

Kappa Pi CrestFounded In 1911 at the University of Kentucky, Kappa Pi is the Oldest Honorary Art Fraternity. The Pittsburg State University Chapter began in spring 2017.

PSU Chapter Advisors

Dr. Li-Lin Tseng
Professor S. Portico Bowman

Faculty Initiates

Jamie Oliver
Janet Lewis

Student Initiates

Brianna Gillis (President)
Lauryn Hastert (Vice President)
Mattie Parrigon (Treasurer)
Levi Qualls
Will Cowley
Josh Kukowski
Christopher Griffetts
Sarah Walden
Susan Covert

 2017SP Members

The Department of Art is located in Pittsburg State University’s Porter Hall, a three-story building originally built in 1927 as the university’s library. This complex of spacious studios, galleries, and classrooms affords students an environment for significant artistic learning opportunities for the study of ceramics, printmaking, jewelry design, weaving, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, art history, and art education. Porter Hall also contains two gallery spaces on the main floor, the Harry Krug and University galleries, which feature rotating exhibits of work by national and international professional artists. The Art Connectors gallery on the second floor features community-based arts projects. Artists whose work is exhibited in the gallery spaces travel to campus to give lectures or workshops and interact with our students to provide them with deeper insight and understanding of the art world.

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About Us
  • Welcome to the Art Department
  • Mission & Vision Statement
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  • Directions to Porter Hall and the Galleries

Porter Hall FrontThe Department of Art at Pittsburg State University provides students who have an interest in art with a strong foundation in creative critical thinking and design. We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with four emphasis areas: 2D Studio Art, 3D Studio Art, Illustration & Visual Storytelling, or Art Education. The BFA degree prepares students for a multitude of professional careers in studio, applied arts, and art education, and is also considered fundamental preparation for graduate degrees in the studio arts and art history. The faculty members of the Department of Art are all active exhibiting artists and/or research scholars in our respective art fields, and provide our students with insight and guidance as they prepare for their own careers. The student/faculty ratio of the Department of art is approximately 15 to 1.

All art majors take a series of introductory art courses in a wide range of media, as well as art history courses, and upper-level courses in their emphasis area. Additionally, students pursuing a studio art emphasis take a series of professional practices courses that introduce them to the business aspects of being a working artists and developing creative careers. Those pursuing the Art Education emphasis receive a comprehensive art education curriculum. Students also have opportunities to participate in internships in the areas of Museum Studies and Gallery Practice, or Studio and Creative Industry.

Our mission 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.

Vision Statement

The Department of Art at Pittsburg State University seeks to further an educational and creative environment of the highest integrity providing students a strong foundation in creative critical thinking and design, that prepares them for professional careers in studio, applied arts and art education as well as advancing artistic disciplines and crossing traditional boundaries between academic disciplines as new professions and developments emerge.

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Directions to Porter Hall and the Museum of Art Galleries

The PSU University Art Gallery is located in Porter Hall on the first floor off the main lobby.

The Harry Krug Art Gallery is located in Porter Hall on the first floor main lobby.

The Art Students' Gallery is located in Porter Hall on the second floor.

Directions to the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts

Visit the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts webpage

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Outreach and Community Events

Find out about our community events like Art Connectors, High School Art Day, Family Art Day, and more!

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Galleries and Exhibitions

See the University and Harry Krug Art Galleries and current/previous exhibitions.

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Contact Information

Interim Chair: James M. Oliver, Jr.
Contact: Marty White

Department of Art
101 Porter Hall
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Phone 620-235-4302
Fax 620-235-4303

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