Mission and vision

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is a community of students, staff, and faculty advancing the study and practice of fine art, design, and art history. We sustain and further these disciplines through rigorous research, creative production, instruction, and community engagement within the context of an urban research university by:

  • Offering relevant and innovative programs grounded in faculty expertise
  • Supporting the research and creative activity of students and faculty
  • Developing lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and events that engage diverse audiences
  • Cultivating a supportive and collaborative environment for critical thinking, visual literacy, and creative practice
  • Providing safe and professional facilities for our students, staff, and faculty
  • Promoting the importance of an arts education within a university context