Welcome to Art & Art History

Who We Are

Bring your creative visions to life at UNC Asheville. With a faculty of acclaimed artists and a location in the thriving arts scene of Asheville, UNC Asheville’s art program offers rigorous training in the creative sector. Our close-knit, supportive department encourages imagination and experimentation while challenging you to integrate content, concept, and technique to discover your own unique voice. Studio art majors can choose from six areas of concentrations: ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, or sculpture. Related majors include art history and arts management and entrepreneurship.

What You'll Learn

Context and communication are key to learning how to be an effective artist, so you'll begin your art education by building a foundation of technical and writing skills in art history, design, and drawing. Through class critiques, you’ll learn how to give and receive valuable feedback on your work from faculty and classmates. Most of your time will be spent working in our facilities, which include six art concentration studios, firing kilns, dark rooms, and digital labs. Our newest interdisciplinary makerspace, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Studio, exemplifies UNC Asheville's liberal arts mission by bringing art and science together to create collaborative pieces of art and technology.

We also have multiple galleries across campus to host student, faculty and visiting artist exhibitions. All senior-level students produce a major body of work in the form of a solo or group exhibition and portfolio, which serves as strong preparation for postgraduate work. All students are also encouraged to learn outside of the studio and gain professional experience through internships at local museums and galleries.

12th Annual Drawing Discourse Exhibition

As part of an ongoing commitment to promote drawing practices in the visual arts, UNC Asheville invites artists to submit entries to a Juried International online and in print exhibition of contemporary drawing. UNC Asheville seeks to examine drawing as it is practiced and defined by today’s artists. Such an exhibition will demonstrate the continued significance of drawing through both conventional and innovative methods.

Accepted work will be exhibited via the UNC Asheville’s Department of Art & Art History website and in print, both debuting on January 22, 2021. Learn more and apply.

Fall 2020 BFA Application

The BFA review process occurs once per semester. Consideration for the BFA program includes the ability of the student to perform at a mature and competent level, both as artist and student. The faculty will take this into consideration when evaluating the student’s application for the BFA.

Submit the Fall 2020 BFA Application by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27, 2020.

Spring 2020 Online BA Salon Exhibition

The BA Salon in a group exhibition which highlights the very best work from each graduating senior’s culminating portfolios. View the online exhibition.