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Department of Visual Art

Department of Visual Art

What is Art?

  • “Consciously or unconsciously, the artist gives form to the nature and values of his time, which in their turn form him.” Carl Jung
  • “Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can only be explored by those willing to take the risks.” Mark Rothko
  • “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso
  • “My belief is that it is most important for an artist to develop an approach and philosophy about life-if he has developed that philosophy he does not put paint on canvas, he puts himself on canvas.” Jacob Lawrence

Students working on Founder's art project. Students working on garbage to art project.


The primary mission of the Department of Art is to provide opportunities that prepare graduates to compete and succeed in art and art related careers, as well as preparation for entry into graduate art programs. The Art Department strives to create an environment that nurtures creative vision and allows exploration of individual artistic expression. While presenting a course of study that embraces diversity in the world of art, the Department of Art is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the art and culture of African Americans. The secondary mission of the Art Department is to promote aesthetic appreciation for the formal aspects of art while contributions the cultural environment of the university and the surrounding community by offering courses, exhibitions, lectures, and other experiences that enhance the quality of life for all persons.


Donna F. McGee
Location: Dunbar Hall - Room 165
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone No: (318) 274-2274
Fax: (318) 274-3464