Department of Art

Art Grounded in Experience



Art draws on an expansive array of human knowledge and experience; therefore a university is an ideal setting for educating today's artists. Studying Art at Western means that you will be challenged by a variety of creative processes and experiences that will help you become more responsive artists.


Because we believe that "Learning is a continuous process grounded in experience" we offer - Art Teacher Education, Graphic Design, and  Studio Arts - Ceramics, Drawing, Metals/Jewelry, Oil Painting, Watercolor, Intaglio/Lithography, Silkscreen, and Sculpture.


There are also Visiting Artists lectures that will help you find your place as an artist, designer, or art educator.


All Art encounters that you have as a WIU Art student are designed to help you grow as an artist in a community of art that stresses Safety and Experimentation.