Visual Arts Mission Statement:
The Visual Arts program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University provides students with hands-on art making experience within a variety of media and methods. Students develop an understanding of the language of visual arts and develop a personal approach to its unique expressive capabilities. Instruction and intensive studio practice equip students with the ability to express their ideas with skill and conviction. Study of art history and an engagement with contemporary art and artists, by way of the NWOSU Artist-in-Residence program, encourage and challenge students to think both critically and imaginatively about their work in a greater context.
The principal component of the Visual Arts program is rigorous studio activity within a supportive, critical environment. Visual Arts students are granted access to professional art studios and equipment that facilitate ambitious creative endeavors. Daily discussions and regular critiques foster the development of a critical vocabulary and visual analysis. Skills cultivated as a Visual Arts minor prepare students for advanced study in the visual arts and for entry into professional artistic employment.