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.

Spring 2020 BFA Application

Submit your BFA application online by Mar. 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Application requirements include:

  • 3.0 GPA in ART/ARTH
  • Completion of LANG 120, ART 122, ART 133, ART 144, and 12 additional hours of studio art courses at the 200 level or above
  • Portfolio of 10-15 works completed at UNC Asheville
  • Artist Statement (see guidelines)

See additional BFA requirements here.


Bill Plympton Presentation: March 4, 2020

An internationally known independent animator, Bill Plympton will be holding a presentation on Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in RRO 125. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This event was made possible by support from the UNCA Department of Art and Art History, the Department of Management, and the NEH Distinguished Professor in the Humanities.

For more information, contact the Department of Art and Art History, 251-6559, or Cynthia Canejo, 251-6874.

Bill Plympton poster for March 4, 2020 exhibition

Bill Plympton poster for March 4, 2020 exhibition