About the Department

In the Department of Art and Design at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, your courses are not only educational, but also prepare you to enter your career in art. We offer majors in areas including visual communication and design, drawing, painting, glass, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, illustration, art history and art education. Here, you have many extra opportunities to gain a richer educational experience, from visiting artists and gallery shows to workshops and national competitions, to extra-curricular art clubs and working with clients in the community.

The Art Department at UNK is ever-changing with popular culture while still staying true to classical artists. You’ll find your home here as a student, and an enriching life as a professional in the arts. Our faculty will help you hone your skills and find your niche as an artist and member of the UNK Art Department. 

Megan Schroll

“Art has always been a passion for me. There’s nothing else I’d want to do with my life than pursue a career in art. The art department was appealing in itself, as well as the rest of campus, and the fact that UNK wasn’t far away from home made the transition from high school to college easy. I love how small the classes are. You get a lot of one-on-one time with skilled professors and also make quite a few friends. I also get to utilize a lot of great tools and equipment.”

Megan Schroll

Megan Schroll Art

Fine Artist

Beyond the Classroom

At the University of Nebraska at Kearney, you have opportunities to enhance your education in clubs, organizations, art shows, and more. With opportunities to participate in national conferences and shows, the University of Nebraska at Kearney's Art students are a step above the rest. With multiple ways to get involved, students can develop the skills needed for their future careers. The UNK Art Department also gives students options for financial aid, internships, and independent studies. 

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Experiential Learning

  • Sophomore Portfolio Review The goal of the Sophomore Portfolio Review is to assess and evaluate the acquired knowledge and skills of a student at the sophomore level within the art program at UNK. The evaluation will determine whether the student is allowed entry into the BFA program or BA in Art Education, or proceed toward a BA degree.
  • Senior Exhibition All seniors must hold a senior exhibition providing them each with real world experience. All exhibitions are open to the public and have a reception.
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Student Organizations

  • AIGA Nebraska, Student Chapter at UNK The American Institution of Graphic Arts is a national non profit organization that promotes excellence in graphic design.
  • DPI Graphics Studio DPI graphics is a student operated, non-profit design studio with a goal of furnishing quality artwork to its clients while providing students with experience in a design studio, printed material, motion graphic and web design for their portfolio.
  • Student Art Society The Art Society hosts or co-sponsors visiting artist, various workshops, and lectures, conferences, and seminars.
  • Clayworks This ceramic club provides ceramic students an opportunity to discuss concepts of pottery and how to promote the Fine Arts through ceramics.
  • Glass and Sculpture The Glass & Sculpture Club provides students with support in their individual creative research through a visiting artist program, field trips, and participation in the International Sculpture Center and Glass Arts Society.
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Specialty Facilities

  • Walker Art Gallery The public is welcome to visit the gallery exhibitions. Walker Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building. The Gallery is adjacent to Art Dept. Office (room 301). Location maps. Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (except University holiday dates).
  • Glass Blowing Studio
  • MONA The Museum of Nebraska Art is home to visual art that appeals to all audiences. MONA collects and preserves the work of Nebraskas artists that have lived, trained, or worked in the state to create artwork that reflects it's natural beauty.