Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog

Department of Visual Arts

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110 Visual Arts Building, (307) 766-3269
Web site:  https://www.uwyo.edu/art/
Department Head: Doug Russell


ASHLEY HOPE CARLISLE, B.F.A. University of Southern Mississippi 1997; M.F.A. University of Georgia 2002; Professor of Art 2019, 2003.

RICKI KLAGES, B.F.A. University of Arizona 1984; M.A. University of New Mexico 1991; M.F.A. 1993; Professor of Art 2012, 1996.

DOUG RUSSELL, B.F.A. Columbia College 1990; M.A. University of Iowa 1995; M.F.A. 1996; Professor of Art 2019, 2005.

RACHEL SAILOR, B.A. Oregon State University 1992; M.A. University of Oregon 1994; Ph.D. University of Iowa 2007; Professor of Art 2023, 2011.

Associate Professors:

PETER FINE, B.A. California State University, Chico 1993; M.F.A. University of Arizona 2004; Associate Professor of Art 2017, 2013.

BRANDON GELLIS, B.A. University of California at Santa Cruz 2002; M.F.A. University of Denver 2015; Associate Professor of Art 2021, 2015.

SHELBY SHADWELL, B.F.A. Washington University in St. Louis 2003; M.F.A. Southern Illinois University 2007; Associate Professor of Art 2015, 2010.

Assistant Professors:

KAIT ARNDT, B.F.A. Utah State University 2010, M.F.A. University of Missouri 2016, Assistant Professor of Art 2023.

Senior Academic Professional Research Scientist:

DAVID L. JONES Jr., B.F.A. University of Georgia 2000; M.F.A. University of Tennessee 2004.

Assistant Academic Professional Lecturer:

TRACEY ECKERSLEY, B.A., Wilfrid Laurier University; M.A., McMaster University; M.M.St., University of Toronto; Ph.D., University of Louisville, 2016.

SAMARA JOHNSON, B.F.A. Sonoma State University 2013; M.F.A. University of Colorado-Boulder 2020

Senior Academic Professional Lecturer:

BAILEY RUSSEL, B.A. Princeton University 2001; M.A. New York University 2004.

Professors Emeriti:

Deaderick, Edwards, Evans, Flach, Forrest, Reif, Russin (Distinguished Professor of Art), Schaefer, Haydon

Visual Arts

The Department of Visual Arts supports the creative, aesthetic and cultural development of students within the university community and serves the cultural and educational needs of the state. The department is dedicated to preparing its graduates to assume leadership positions in their professional lives while maintaining an inner commitment to the aesthetic standards of their chosen discipline. The department encompasses four major areas: Studio Art, Visual Communication Design, Art History, and Art Education.

The program fosters a unique combination of innovation, tradition, aestheticism and practicality, by providing a professional visual arts education built on a strong University Studies Program (USP) foundation.

Department Policy

A class within the Department of Visual Arts may require additional meeting times, so that students may fully participate in the Visiting Artist Program and the UWAM lecture series.

As a matter of policy, the Department of Visual Arts reserves the right to retain any works created by students it deems worthy for the purposes of exhibition until the end of the academic year.

The Department of Visual Arts studios are the primary instructional classrooms. As a matter of policy, access to the studios and use of the equipment is reserved for students who are formally registered for scheduled courses and are following a prescribed curriculum.


The department has several scholarships for qualified students at all stages in the program. See the Department of Visual Arts website for a full list of scholarships.

Academic and Career Advisement

Faculty advisers work closely with department students to guide and direct their progress through their declared degree program and course of study. Through the Visiting Artist and Scholar Program, the UW Art Museum and internship placements, the department provides numerous opportunities and role models for a professional life in the visual arts. Through consultation and discussion with faculty advisers, art students consider their interests and abilities in relation to the many and varied careers in the arts and art related fields. Many graduates go directly into industry, on to pursue graduate studies or take the next step in their career plan. On a competitive basis upon graduation, majors may participate in the Post Undergraduate Assistantship Program where they may prepare a portfolio for graduate school and/or gain additional experience in the studio and the classroom setting.


Undergraduate Majors

The University of Wyoming Department of Visual Arts offers five degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design

Transfer Residency

A minimum of 26 hours of upper-division course work in the major is required to establish residency in the department for all transfer students. This applies to students in all five of the B.F.A., B.A., and Art Education degree programs who transfer in 12 or more hours of art courses for the major. Students in all art programs must meet the university requirement of at least 42 hours of course work at the upper-division level (3000- and above).

BA in Studio Art and BA in Art Education Majors - General Requirements

ART 1005, 1110, 1120 and 1130 are considered an important preparation and prerequisite for drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and visual communication design courses and are required freshman courses for the majors. Studio Art and Art Education Majors must complete the Foundation Core Hours before electing upper division courses in any studio area. ART 2010, 2020, and 2305 are required sophomore courses.

Once sophomore BA in Art Studio and BA in Art Education majors complete course prerequisites, they select a minimum of four courses from the studio core hours. Most of the university and college requirements should be completed as early as possible before the senior year. The department will enforce published prerequisites for courses.


BA in Studio Art and BA in Art Education majors must submit a portfolio for evaluation in ART 2000: Portfolio Review before proceeding to intermediate and advanced studio and design classes (3000 and 4000 level) beyond the required Studio Core. Any student whose portfolio is assessed as deficient must address the deficiencies by retaking and passing Portfolio Review before receiving permission to advance in the major.  Students who intend to apply into the BFA in Studio Art or the BFA in Visual Communication Design must first declare a BA in Studio Art and successfully pass ART 2000: Portfolio Review.


Please note: Any BA in Studio Art and BA in Art Education student who does not pass ART 2000: Portfolio Review on their first attempt may decide to re-take the class. However, failure to pass the review twice will render the student ineligible to progress in the Department as a BA in Studio Art, BFA in Studio Art , BA in Art Education, or BFA in Visual Communication Design major, although minors in the department and the BA in Art History remain open - as do all other majors and minors on campus.  Any student who has failed to pass Portfolio Review twice may petition to take the review for a third time based on extenuating circumstances outside of their control. Students may only petition once and the decision on that petition is final. ART 2000: Portfolio Review will is offered in each fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Undergraduate Minors

Minors are offered in the following areas:

  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Media
  • Drawing
  • Metalsmithing
  • Museum Studies
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Further information may be found on the department’s website.

Please note: B.A. in Studio Art, B.F.A. in Studio Art, B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design and B.A. in Art Education degree students cannot have a minor in a specific studio discipline. B.A. in Art History students may have a minor in studio disciplines, and B.A. in Studio Art, B.F.A. in Studio Art, B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design, and B.A. in Art Education degree students may have a minor in Art History and/or Museum Studies.




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