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Department of Art
Interdisciplinary & Intercultural

Within the scope of the university’s land-grant mission, the Department of Art utilizes our unique geographic location to serve and reflect diverse border communities. The program supports innovative and hybrid techniques, investigation of materials through both studio practice and a museum conservation program, as well as exhibition and curatorial opportunities. Establishing a foundation in critical and cultural discourse includes in-depth examination of theory, methodology, and historiography of art and art history.


Capitalizing on the expertise and research agendas of the department’s faculty, as well as a state-of-the-art facility, students are provided with multiple platforms for artistic and critical engagement, as well as professional advancement. The curriculum fosters learning through collaborative and cross-disciplinary approaches and encourages exploration through a variety of research and curatorial practices. Critique and discourse are contextualized within historical and contemporary frameworks, with the possibility of developing new strategies of inquiry into culture and knowledge production. The faculty of nationally and internationally recognized practicing artists, historians, and conservators, in conjunction with a vibrant roster of visiting artists and researchers, create opportunities for active engagement across varied disciplines.

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