Department of Art

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Art (ARAD-Studio Art | ARED-Art Education | ARHA-Art History | ARST-Studio Art)

Fine Arts Building, Room 251, (501) 569-3182, (501) 683-7022 (fax), Website, View/Download PDF Version

Chairperson:
Clifton, Thomas

Professors:
Brown, Jane, H.
Clifton, Thomas
Mantle, Eric
Martin, Floyd
Smith, Aj
Warrick, Michael.
Williams-Smith, Marjorie

Associate Professors:
Amrhein, Laura
Cates, Kevin
Grubbs, Jeffrey
Hall, Mia
Roberson, Carey

Assistant Professors:
Livaudais, Joli
Smith, David

Artist in Residence:
Cleary, Taimur
Clemons, David

Gallery Curator/Research Associate:
Cushman, Brad

Assistant Gallery Curator/Research Assistant:
Larson, Nathan

Visual Resource Director:
Grace, Laura

Furniture Design Technician/Research Assistant:
Hartman, Kerrick

The Department of Art, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, offers undergraduate instruction leading to a baccalaureate degree in art (BA in Art) with tracks in art history, studio art, and art education. The art history track emphasizes all eras of western European art and selected non-Western subjects. The studio art track offers the breadth of a liberal arts degree while also providing students with foundational art making skills and development in a range of studio disciplines. The art history and studio art tracks in the BA in Art require a minor. The art education track prepares students for licensure to teach art at the kindergarten through secondary school level. The art education track requires a minor in Secondary Education.

Student Art,1A baccalaureate degree in fine art (BFA in Art) is available to students who are admitted to the program through a review process that includes portfolio and transcript review, a letter of purpose, and a short interview. For the current academic year requirements for the review process, see information posted on the art department web site, ualr.edu/art/. The BFA in Art has two tracks: fine art (studio art) and applied design. The fine art track offers specialization or emphasis areas in drawing, painting, graphic design, illustration, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The applied design track offers emphasis areas in furniture design, metals and functional ceramics.

General Information

The department makes available numerous courses in art education, art history, and studio art for students not majoring in art who are interested in art electives. Minors are available in art history, studio art, applied design, photography, and digital graphics. Courses in crafts, fibers, blacksmithing and museum studies are also offered.

To enrich the instructional program, the department offers continuous exhibits in three galleries in the Fine Arts Building and enjoys a cooperative relationship with the Arkansas Arts Center. A variety of student art organizations are available to students. See the department website for further information.

Departmental Expectations and Policies

  • The undraped human figure is a significant subject within all degrees in the art curriculum.
  • Due to the nature of visual art courses, some courses may have technical requirements specifying physical capabilities of students. Contact the professor of the course if you have concerns regarding these requirements.
  • The department adheres to a strict Safety Policy for which all students are held responsible. If you have concerns regarding the policy contact the department chair.
  • Regular attendance is a requirement of all art courses and is enforced by the instructor of record. Refer to course syllabi for specifics.
  • No grade less than C will be accepted in any art course required within any art major or minor.

Arkansas Arts Center

The Department of Art collaborates with the Arkansas Arts Center to offer cooperative programs that benefit the public and academic communities. The Arts Center serves as an important teaching resource by providing outstanding national and regional exhibitions. On occasion, special studio workshops are offered by respected visiting artists from throughout the United States. The museum studies course is taught at the Arkansas Arts Center by Arts Center Staff.


Art Advisors

The department has advisors for both undergraduate and graduate students. Incoming freshmen and transfer students should contact the department chair, Professor Thomas Clifton (tgclifton@ualr.edu) for initial advising. Continuing undergraduates should contact Professors Marjorie Williams-Smith (mwsmith@ualr.edu), Jane Brown (jhbrown@ualr.edu), or Floyd Martin (fwmartin@ualr.edu) for assistance with their academic programs. Students interested in public school teaching should contact Professor Jeffrey Grubbs at (jbgrubbs@ualr.edu). Undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 100 academic credits should contact Professor Aj Smith (ajsmith1@ualr.edu). Prospective or current students may also call the art department at (501) 569-3182 to contact an advisor.


Transfer Students

Students transferring to UALR who intend to major in art should contact the department before enrolling to arrange for advising. Students may be required to take additional hours in areas where deficiencies are noted.

Transfer students must complete at least nine hours of their studio concentration at UALR. For example, a student who has 15 hours accepted in transfer credit for painting must complete an additional nine hours of painting at UALR if painting is the studio concentration.


Senior Show for BA in Art/Art Track

Studio majors in the last semester of their senior year in the BA in Art degree are required to register for ARST 4397, Capstone in the Visual Arts. As part of course requirements, students will prepare a group exhibition of their work. The senior show will be scheduled by the gallery curator, and must be approved by the student’s emphasis advisor, academic advisor, the gallery curator, and the department chairperson. The Department of Art, with student approval, occasionally selects outstanding student work to add to its teaching collection.


Senior Show for BFA in Art/Fine Art, Applied Design

BFA students are required to register for ARST 4394 and ARST 4395, BFA Seminar and BFA Thesis Project. In the final semester BFA students in the fine art and applied design tracks also register for ARST 4397, Capstone in the Visual Arts. For students in the art education track, their student teaching functions as the capstone experience. As part of course requirements, students will prepare an exhibition of their work.

The senior show will be scheduled by the gallery curator, and must be approved by the student’s emphasis advisor, academic advisor, the gallery curator, and the department chairperson. Each student must also give an oral presentation in the form of a PowerPoint presentation before the faculty. The oral presentation will be scheduled and approved by the ARST 4395 faculty of record, emphasis advisor, and, if appropriate, also by the gallery curator. The Department of Art, with student approval, occasionally selects outstanding student work to add to its teaching collection.


Studio Art Work

Students retain copyright to all two-dimensional, three-dimensional, time-based, and electronic art work created in the Department of Art; they grant a non-exclusive license to exhibit, display, reproduce, perform, or adapt these works at the discretion of the faculty. Works left in departmental facilities at the end of any semester or summer session may be removed or discarded at the discretion of the faculty.


Senior Portfolio for BFA Majors

As part of a BFA student’s capstone requirements, studio majors will prepare a portfolio of 20 images documenting their senior show and other work, along with a written artist’s statement (minimum one page). Portfolio images are presented in a CD format and delivered to the BFA coordinator. This portfolio must be approved by the ARST 4395 faculty of record, the emphasis advisor and department chair. The portfolio will be due one week before the last class day, and will become the property of the Department of Art.


Senior Paper for BA in Art/Art History Majors

Art history majors in the last semester of their senior year are required to register for ARHA 4397 Capstone in Art History. As part of capstone requirements, students will write a senior paper, which will also be given orally. The paper must be approved by the student’s major advisor, ARHA 4397 faculty of record, academic advisor, and the art history coordinator. The oral presentation may be in the form of a public lecture, presentation to a class, or a paper at a scholarly meeting.


Senior Portfolio for Art History Majors

Art history majors enrolled in ARHA 4397 are required to prepare a portfolio of their senior paper and three other papers written for classes while at UALR. This portfolio must be approved by the major advisor, ARHA faculty of record, and the art history coordinator. The portfolio will be due one week before the last class day, and will become the property of the Department of Art.

No grade less than C will be accepted in any art course required within any art major or minor.


Minors

Minor in Art History

A minor in art history consists of 18 hours in art history, including ARHA 2310, 2311, and 12 hours of electives, excluding ARHA 2305.

Minor in Studio Art

A minor in studio art consists of 15 hours, to include 3 hours of drawing, 3 hours of design, and 3 hours of prerequisites for upper-level study, and 6 hours of upper-level electives in studio work.

Art History Major/Studio Art Minor

Students who pursue the art history track may choose to minor in studio art. Since ARST 1310 Basic Drawing, ARST 1315 Two-Dimensional Design, and ARST 2315 Three-Dimensional Design are included in the art history major, students choosing a studio art minor will also complete ARST 2310 Figure Drawing, , and two upper-level studio art courses. These hours may be in one discipline (e.g. Painting Fundamentals 1 and Painting Fundamentals 2) or selected emphasis areas (e.g. Painting Fundamentals 1 and Introduction to Photography).

Minor in Applied Design

Requires two prerequisite courses: ARST 2315 Three-Dimensional Design and ARST 3312 Contemporary Craft, 6 credits. Once these are completed a student may select the entry-level course from within one of three Applied Design sequences and two additional courses from the same sequence: Furniture, Metals, or Ceramics for 9 additional hours, totaling 15 credit hours for the minor.

Minor in Digital Graphics

The minor in digital graphics is open to all majors and makes it possible for non-degree seeking students and non-art majors to select an industry specific minor in the arts. The curriculum for the minor consists of 15 hours in studio art, including 1315, 2318, 3385, 3386, and 4348.

Minor in Photography

The minor in photography is open to all majors. The curriculum for the minor consists of 15 hours in studio art, including ARST 3370, 3371, and three courses from 4370, 4371, 4372, 4373, and 4315 (photography).


Art Courses as Electives

Studio Art

Non-art majors may elect to take studio art foundations courses numbered ARST 1310, 1315, 2310, 2315, and 2318. Upon completion of prerequisites, students may enroll in any of the Studio Foundation courses (e.g., ARST 3320 Painting Fundamentals 1, 3360 Introduction to Sculpture, 3370 Introduction to Photography, etc.) on either a pass/fail or grade basis. Although prerequisites are recommended, the following courses may be taken without prerequisites: ARAD 3310 Intro to Furniture, ARAD 3320 Intro to Metalsmithing & Jewelry, ARAD 3350, Introduction to Ceramics, ARST 3320 Painting Fundamentals 1, and ARST 3370 Introduction to Photography.

Art History

Students who have training in related disciplines that prepare them for advanced art history courses (for example, history, English, and religious studies), may elect advanced courses in art history without taking ARHA 2310 and 2311. Students in doubt about their preparedness for art history should consult an art history instructor.


Secondary Teacher Licensure

Contact Dr. Jeffrey Grubbs in the Department of Art about the curriculum.


Degree Requirements

Floyd Martin, coordinator
DSC_3178The B.A. in art/art history track is for students especially interested in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts. The major will provide a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue the master or Ph.D. programs in art history that are necessary for careers in university teaching, research, and the museum field. For those pursuing other interests, the major in art history, which is decidedly a liberal arts field, encourages development of analytical and critical viewing and writing skills useful in such careers as law, medicine, and business.

Students should plan carefully and check the long-range schedule of course offerings with the art history coordinator if interested in a particular course. ARHA 2310 Survey I and 2311 Survey II are offered fall and spring. Upper-level courses are normally offered once every two years.


Bachelor of Arts in Art Art History Track

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)
    ARST 1201 FYE: Visual Arts
Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details. (It is recommended that RHET 1311, RHET 1312, HIST 1311, and HIST 1312 be taken before or concurrently with ARHA 2310 and ARHA 2311.)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (45 hours)
Studio Prerequisites (9 hours)
    ARST 1310 Basic Drawing
    ARST 1315 Two-Dimensional Design
    ARST 2315 Three-Dimensional Design
Art History Foundation (9 hours)
    ARHA 2310 Survey of the History of Art I
    ARHA 2311 Survey of the History of Art II
    ARHA 2312 Survey of Non-Western Art
Methods and Theory course (3 hours)
    ARHA 4300 Studies in the History of Art
Period Courses (select 12 hours)
    ARHA 3304 Medieval Art
    ARHA 4304 Ancient Art
    ARHA 4305 Italian Renaissance Art
    ARHA 4306 Renaissance Art in Northern Europe
    ARHA 4307 Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe
    ARHA 4308 Twentieth-Century Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Arts Since 1945
    ARHA 4384 Baroque Art
    ARHA 4387 Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Art in Europe
Seminar and Special Topics course (select 3 hours)
    ARHA 4385 Seminar in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art
    ARHA 4386 Problems in Northern European Renaissance and Baroque Art
    ARHA 4388 Problems in Modern Art
    ARHA 4310 Special Topics in Art History
Art History Electives (6 hours)

One non-Western area upper-level art history course
Any upper-level art history course

Capstone-Art History (3 hours)

ARHA 4397 Capstone in Art History

Minor (12-29 hours—typical minor requires 18)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.
It is recommended that at least one general elective course be a foreign language course beyond the Intermediate I level.


Bachelor of Arts in Art-Art Education Track

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

    ARST 1201 FYE: Visual Arts

Core (44 hours)

See page (See page 25 for requirement details. (It is recommended that RHET 1311, RHET 1312, HIST 1311, and HIST 1312 be taken before or concurrently with ARHA 2310 and ARHA 2311.)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

Major (64 hours)

Studio Prerequisites (15 hours)
    ARST 1310 Basic Drawing
    ARST 1315 Two-Dimensional Design
    ARST 2310 Figure Drawing
    ARST 2315 Three-Dimensional Design
    ARST 2318 Computer Applications in Art
Art History Foundation Courses (12 hours)
    ARHA 2310 Survey of the History of Art I
    ARHA 2311 Survey of the History of Art II
    ARHA Survey of Nonwestern Art
    One upper-level art history electives
Studio Art Foundation Courses (24 hours)
    ARAD 3350 Introduction to Ceramics
    ARST 3310 Drawing: Creative Invention
    ARST 3312 Contemporary Craft
    ARST 3320 Painting Fundamentals 1
    ARST 3330 Printmaking Basics
    ARST 3340 Introduction to Graphic Design
    or ARST 3380 Introduction to Illustration
    ARST 3360 Introduction to Sculpture
    ARST 3370 Introduction to Photography
Art Education (13 hours)
    ARED 4325 Foundations of Art Education
    ARED 4326 Art and Cognitive Development
    ARED 4327 Art Theory and Criticism
    ARED 4328 Curriculum and Assessment in Art Education
    ARED 4129 Art Education Seminar
Minor (18 hours)

Secondary Education Courses

    SCED 3210 Instructional Skills**
    SCED 3110 Instructional Skills Practicum**
    SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents**
    SCED 4122 Classroom Management**
    SCED 4123 Adolescents w/Special Needs**
    SCED 4124 Adolescent Diversity Practicum**
    SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching & Professionalism**
    TCED 4600 Student Teaching/Clinical Experience** (concurrent with ARED 4194 Student-Teacher Seminar)
    **Praxis I must be passed before enrolling in SCED, TCED, and ARED 4194 courses. GPA of 2.75 is required for admission to the education program. Praxis II must be passed prior to being graduated.

    Unrestricted General Electives

    Remaining hours, if any, to reach 126 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


    Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio Art Track

    General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

    First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)
      ARST 1201 FYE: Visual Arts
    Core (44 hours)

    See page 25 for requirement details. (It is recommended that RHET 1311, RHET 1312, HIST 1311, and HIST 1312 be taken before or concurrently with ARHA 2310 and ARHA 2311.)

    Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

    Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

    Major (45 hours)
    Studio Prerequisites (15 hours)
      ARST 1310 Basic Drawing
      ARST 1315 Two-Dimensional Design
      ARST 2310 Figure Drawing
      ARST 2315 Three-Dimensional Design
      ARST 2318 Computer Applications in Art
    Art History Foundation Courses (9 hours)

    6 hours from Survey Courses:

      ARHA 2310 Survey of the History of Art I
      ARHA 2311 Survey of the History of Art II
      ARHA 2312 Survey of Non-Western Art
      3 hours upper-level art history course
    Studio Art Foundation Courses (12 hours)

    6 hours of Two-Dimensional courses:

      ARST 3310 Drawing: Creative Invention
      ARST 3320 Painting Fundamentals 1
      ARST 3330 Printmaking Basics
      ARST 3340 Introduction to Graphic Design
      ARST 3370 Introduction to Photography
      ARST 3380 Introduction to Illustration

    6 hours of Three-Dimensional courses:

      ARAD 3310 Introduction to Furniture Design
      ARAD 3320 Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
      ARAD 3330 Introduction to Fiber Design
      ARAD 3340 Introduction to Blacksmithing
      ARAD 3350 Introduction to Ceramics
      ARST 3360 Introduction to Sculpture
      Upper Level Art Studio Electives (6 hours)
      Two upper-level courses in art studio or applied design (ARST and/or ARAD)
    Capstone (3 hours)
      ARST 4397 Capstone in the Visual Arts (Group Senior Show, Exhibition of recent art)
    Minor (12-29 hours—typical minor requires 18)
    Unrestricted General Electives

    Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Fine Art Track or Applied Design Track

    General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

    First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)
      ARST 1201 FYE: Visual Arts
    Core (44 hours)

    See page (See page 25 for requirement details. (It is recommended that RHET 1311, RHET 1312, HIST 1311, and HIST 1312 be taken before or concurrently with ARHA 2310 and ARHA 2311.)

    Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

    Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page (See page 26 for details.

    Major (72 hours)
    Studio Prerequisites (15 hours)
      ARST 1310 Basic Drawing
      ARST 1315 Two-Dimensional Design
      ARST 2310 Figure Drawing
      ARST 2315 Three-Dimensional Design
      ARST 2318 Computer Applications in Art
    Art History Foundation and Upper-level Courses (15 hours)
      ARHA 2310 Survey of the History of Art I
      ARHA 2311 Survey of the History of Art II
      ARHA 2312 Survey of Non-Western Art
      6 hours upper-level art history course
    Studio Art / Foundation Courses (18 hours)

    12 hours upper-level 2D Studio courses for emphasis 6 hours upper-level 3D Studio courses for emphasis in a two-dimensional studio discipline; 6 hours for a in a two-dimensional studio discipline; 12 hours for a three-dimensional studio discipline emphasis three-dimensional studio discipline emphasis.

      ARST 3310 Drawing: Creative Invention
      ARST 3312 Contemporary Craft
      ARST 3320 Painting Fundamentals 1
      ARST 3330 Printmaking Basics
      ARST 3340 Introduction to Graphic Design
      ARST 3360 Introduction to Sculpture
      ARST 3370 Introduction to Photography
      ARST 3380 Introduction to Illustration
      ARAD 3310 Introduction to Furniture Design
      ARAD 3320 Introduction to Metalsmithing & Jewelry
      ARAD 3330 Introduction to Fiber Design
      ARAD 3340 Introduction to Blacksmithing
      ARAD 3350 Introduction to Ceramics
    Advancement to BFA

    Advancement to BFA program via portfolio and transcript review following the completion of 15 hours of Studio Art Prerequisites, 6 hours of Art History and 3 hours of Studio Foundations in one’s intended studio emphasis.

    Upper level art studio courses in emphasis beyond the beginning studio art foundation course (12 hours)

    Select 12 hours from one of the appropriate 2D or 3D emphasis sequences.
    Two-Dimensional Studio sequences:

      Drawing: ARST 4310, 4311, 4312, 4315 (APD/Drawing)
      Painting: ARST 3321, 4320, 4321, 4323, 4324, 4315 (APD/Painting)
      Printmaking: ARST 3331, 4330, 4331, 4332, 4315 (APD/Printmaking)
      Graphic Design: ARST 3341, 4340, 4341, 4348, 4315 (APD/Graphic Design)
      Photography: ARST 3371, 4370, 4371, 4372, 4373, 4374, 4315 (APD/Photography)
      Illustration: ARST 3381, 4380, 4381, 3385, 3386, 4315(APD/Illustration)

    Three-Dimensional Studio sequences:

      Furniture Design: ARAD 3310, 4310, 4311, 4312, 4313, 4314, 4315 (APD/Furniture-woodwork)
      Ceramics: ARAD 4350, 4351, 4352, 4353, 4354, 4315 (APD/Ceramics)
      Metals: ARAD 3320, 3340, 4340, 4320, 4321, 4322, 4323, 4324, 4315 (APD/Metals)
      Sculpture: ARST 3361, 4360, 4361, 4362, 4363, 4315 (APD/Sculpture)
    Upper-level Studio art elective: ARAD or ARST (3 hours)
    Capstone or Internship in selected emphasis (3-6 hours)
      ARST 4397 Capstone: Studio Art
      ARAD 4398 or 4698 Applied Design Internship
      ARST 4315 APD/Cooperative Education Internship
    BFA Projects 1 & 2 (6 hours)
      ARST 4394 BFA Seminar
      ARST 4395 BFA Thesis Project
    Minor (No minor required)
    Unrestricted General Electives

    Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.