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Departmental Opportunities


The department considers advising to be an important part of a student's academic program. There are many differences among students in their career goals, and each major and minor in the Department of Art receives professional guidance to determine an appropriate and specialized program. Students who work closely with their academic and area advisors in this way are more likely to meet their goals and achieve academic success.

All students must work with their academic advisor prior to registration each semester, and must participate in annual department assessment reviews that serve to enhance students' scholastic and creative development.

The programs of the Department of Art are conducted in over 70,000 square feet of professionally equipped and maintained space. The Fine Arts Building houses the graphic design and computer graphic studios, classrooms, the art education facility, an extensive slide library, and departmental offices. The studios for painting, photography, printmaking, papermaking, and drawing are located in historic Fairbanks Hall. The Fine Arts Annex is a vast factory-like space that houses ceramics, sculpture, and sculpture--wood/studio furniture.

Students gain exposure to artists of national and international significance through a regular schedule of exhibitions and lectures in the University Art Gallery, located in the Center for Performing and Fine Arts Building. The Bare-Montgomery Gallery, located in Fairbanks Hall, provides students with the opportunity to exhibit their own work or to curate exhibitions of student work. In addition, the Indiana State University Permanent Collection contains an impressive inventory of twentieth century artwork that is exhibited throughout the University.