The School of Art is a stimulating but intimate environment to practice, understand and advance the visual arts.

  • We offer solid grounding in traditional art-making practices, while encouraging innovative and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • We help students develop critical thinking tools, understand artistic practices, and learn technical and creative skills necessary for work in the art professions or for graduate studies.
  • We challenge each student to develop the highest professional standards in concept, technique and presentation. 
  • We promote active involvement in the community as a part of good studio practice.
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The Alexandre Hogue Gallery, housed in Phillips Hall and run by the School of Art, serves as the chief focal point for the university’s engagement with the visual arts. Used year-round for the exhibition of arts, crafts, performance art, and special events, the gallery also offers exhibitions of historical, global, and multicultural significance. It is also the site of the annual Gussman Student Art Exhibition and numerous shows by prominent artists, and can be comfortably used for poetry readings and chamber music performances.

The Gallery serves as:

  • a public venue for visiting artists and a campus showplace for School of Art faculty, students, alumni;
  • a forum for discussion of traditional and emerging artistic practices, innovative ideas and provocative notions;
  • and a classroom that provides students with a diverse variety of images, ideas and philosophies for education, contemplation and inspiration.

Every year, an exhibition featuring the work of an established painter is funded by the Mayo Foundation.

Zarrow3rdFloorThird Floor Design is a unique internship program that offers students in their junior and senior years the opportunity to work on professional design assignments. Founded in 1992, Third Floor Design program (named after the design and computer graphics lab on the third floor of Phillips hall) matches student designers with clients from the Tulsa non-profit community. Assignments range from small jobs to full-scale annual reports, including the design of posters, logos, letterheads, brochures, corporate identity items, T-shirts and magazines. Students leave the Third Floor Design internship program with professional quality portfolios. They have found great success in job placement.

The School of Art encourages students to participate in Study Abroad programs in their junior or senior years. This allows students to experience different cultures and expand their horizons. To offer students a wide choice, they can use the extraordinary resources of the Center for Global Education. [link to global education] Various types of programs to fit every student’s needs are available all over the world. To date, School of Art students have taken coursework in London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Turin, Florence, Rome, Venice and Cortona, Italy.