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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art and Art History

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The Department of Art and Art History offers programs in three interrelated areas of study: art studio, art education and art history. The programs are designed to enhance artistic and intellectual inquiry across and within disciplines. The programs, classes and workshops combine practice in visual skills with rigorous critical analyses, providing an environment that fosters lively dialog and energetic engagement. With innovative and well-established approaches to teaching, artists, art historians and art educators teach a variety of courses that include art education, art history, art theory and criticism, ceramics, digital/time based media, drawing/painting, fibers/fabrics new media, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The faculty is dedicated to the preparation and sponsorship of students in their post-graduate careers as professional artists, curators, and art historians and educators.

The Department of Art and Art History offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in art studio, and art history. A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art is available in art studio. A Bachelor of Arts in Education degree is available through Woodring College of Education.


JULIA SAPIN (2003) Chair and Professor. BA, University of Texas; MA, PhD, University of Washington.
GARTH AMUNDSON (2000) Professor. BA, Central Washington University; MFA, Syracuse University.
JAVIER BERZAL de DIOS (2014) Associate Professor. BA, MA, Queens College; PhD, Ohio State University.
CYNTHIA CAMLIN (2008) Professor, BA, Duke University; MA, The University of Virginia; Post BA, Yale University; MFA, The University of Texas at Austin.
PIERRE GOUR (2013) Associate Professor. BFA, Concordia University; MFA, University of New Mexico.
GAYE LEIGH GREEN (1996) Professor. BA, California State University; MA, Stanford University; PhD, Pennsylvania State University.
CARA JAYE (1997) Professor. BFA, Parsons School of Design; MFA, University of Colorado.
RYAN KELLY (2016) Assistant Professor. BFA, Kansas City Art Institute; MFA; Ohio State University.
MONIQUE KERMAN (2015) Associate Professor. BA, University of Kentucky; MA, University of Arizona; PhD, University of London.
BARBARA MILLER (2000) Professor. BA, Simon Fraser University; MA, PhD, University of Rochester.
SEIKO ATSUTA PURDUE (2002) Associate Professor. BFA, Kyoto Seika University; MA, Montclair University; MFA, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
LISA TURNER (2015) Assistant Professor. BFA, NSCAD University; MFA, University of Alberta.
CHRIS E. VARGAS (2014) Assistant Professor. BA, University of California-Santa Cruz; MFA, University of California-Berkeley.

Gallery Director
(2015) BA, University of Iceland; MA, University of New Mexico; MA, Boston University.

Adjunct Faculty
HAFTHOR YNGVASON (2015) BA, University of Iceland; MA, University of New Mexico; MA, Boston University.

Application Requirements: Studio Art and Art Education

Most classes in the Studio area are restricted to majors only. To access classes in this area, an online application to the Department of Art and Art History is required at cfpa.wwu.edu/art/admissions. The application will include a portfolio of recent work and an unofficial transcript of any college-level courses already taken. Application Deadlines: Application deadlines are by midnight on October 15 and January 31. Portfolios must be received by the deadlines.

For application and information: cfpa.wwu.edu/art.

Studio and Art Education majors must complete a plan of study with a department advisor before enrolling in any 200-level course.

Application Requirements: Art History

To apply to the art history major, students must have taken A/HI 275 and two 200-level art history surveys or pre-approved equivalent courses. Students must have a B average or higher in these classes to be considered for the art history program. Application deadlines for the art history major are October 15 and January 31 and completed forms must be received in the Department of Art and Art History by those dates.

For application and information: cfpa.wwu.edu/art.

Other Departmental Information


The Department of Art and Art History offers a limited number of scholarships to recognize individual talents, promise, and meritorious achievement. The Bennerstrom Prize and the Sybil Sanford Scholarship are among other scholarships offered in the Department of Art and Art History. Please consult the scholarship brochure available through Student Financial Resources for information on other scholarships.

Western Gallery and Outdoor Sculpture Collection

The internationally known Outdoor Sculpture Collection includes works by international, national and regional artists, such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Anthony Caro, Mark di Suvero, Nancy Holt, Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Isamu Noguchi, Tom Otterness, Beverly Pepper, and Richard Serra.

The Western Gallery provides diverse experiences in the visual arts for its constituencies, encompassing the University community and region while providing a point of reference to the national and international art scene. Through historical, contemporary and experimental art exhibitions, through the outdoor collection of contemporary sculpture, through the publications and through interpretative interdisciplinary programs, the Western Gallery is committed to creating an environment for learning. The gallery acts as a center for discussion and exchange of ideas on critical issues in contemporary art. The Western Gallery recognizes its role in expanding its audience’s awareness of the visual arts as central to the dynamic and pluralistic nature of our society. Individuals interested in supervised work in the gallery are encouraged to volunteer their services.


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      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog.
      NOTE: The Department of Art may request samples of work produced in a studio course for exhibition purposes.

      Art History

      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

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