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Art & Art History

Department of Art and Art History

Department of Art, University of Nebraska at Kearney Fine Arts Building 301, Kearney, NE 68849
308-865-8353, Office Associate: maired@unk.edu


Greetings, and welcome to the UNK Department of Art and Art History!  We are glad that you have chosen to pursue your education with us. You have made a sound and wise choice.  Our department and its programs have a long standing reputation for quality and excellence that continues to this day.

Our faculty are among the best in the nation and are active in their respective fields.  In our department, we strive to develop courses which are not only educational, but also prepare our graduates for entry into their careers in art.  We offer majors in a wide variety of areas including visual communication and design, drawing, painting, glass, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, illustration, art history and art education.

We offer many extra opportunities for students to gain a richer educational experience as well, from scholarships to visiting artists and gallery shows to workshops and national competitions to extra curricular art clubs and working with clients in the community, there are many ways that we strive to form lasting and productive professional relationships and learning encounters among those who are a part of our programs.

So if you are one with a passion for art and being creative and productive, we have something to offer you.  We look forward to working with you and enriching your life as a student of the arts.

Doug Waterfield,
Professor of Art, Chair, Dept. of Art & Art History

department news, student & faculty artwork

News Brief

Raisa Gates award winning posterMay 5, 2014
Three students won awards at the 2014 District ADDYs. Gold Award winners were Rachel Moore forTo Kill a Mockingbird (Poster) and Raisa Gates for Taking Flight (Poster, Campaign). Silver award winners were Raisa Gates for Pete & Wendy (Tag System) and Matt Schults for Bad Blood Lyric Video (Animation).
To see a full list of nebraska student and professional winners visit AAF District 9.

Waterfield ArtworkApril 5, 2014
Faculty Professional Update: Doug Waterfield has published an article, "Putting a Positive Spin on the Prairie: Hudson River School Painters on the Great Plains: in Peoples Of The Plains: An Atlas Of Great Plains Culture & History,University of Nebraska Press, 2014.

more department news

Art Department programs


Department Office Associate:
Debby Maire, maired@unk.edu, 308-865-8353

Doug Waterfield, Chair
Richard Schuessler, Graphic Design

Associate Professors:
Tom Dennis, Drawing & Painting
Victoria Goro-Rapoport, Printmaking & Drawing
Mark Hartman, Graphic Design & Critical Perspectives
Dan May, Graphic Design

Assistant Professors:
Derrick Burbul, Foundation/ Photography
Lisa Kastello, Head of Art Education
Steven Ramsey, Glass and Sculpture
Mallory Wetherell, Ceramics

Bill Cavill, Art Education
John Fronczak, Drawing & Gallery

Adjunct Faculty  - FAB 306a 308-865-8472 or 8970
Jackie Abell, Carolyn Jacobsen, Mari Johann-Fonfara, Christy Kosmicki, and Sheila Downey.

eCampus instruction:  More information
Leo Alterti, Anne Franklin, Mary Leake, Aimee Adams.

Staff: IT Coordinator for Fine Art and Humanities
Steve Hansen, 308-865-8940, hansensm