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Visual Arts

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.  

Artist-in-Residence Program


Kyle Larson

Assistant Professor of Art
Director of Visual Arts
Jesse Dunn Art Annex, Office 326B
(580) 327-8108


NWOSU Art Society

Graceful Arts Center


Visual Arts Minor

The Visual Arts Program provides courses to complete the 21 credits needed to earn a minor in Visual Arts.

For a detailed look at the course requirements and descriptions for the Visual Arts minor, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.


All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out the Scholarship Application for Freshmen and Transfers, which should be submitted along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.

Current students have until March 15 for academic scholarships and February 15 for departmental scholarships. Please use the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For departmental scholarships you will need to fill out both the Continuing Student form and one provided by the department chair.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

A list of the scholarships available in the Visual Arts program include:

Bobette Buchanan Pfeifer Visual Arts Scholarship

Bobette Buchanan was a creative woman, and her artistic lifestyle reflected this. She pursued art in numerous forms, whether that be bread dough creations, stained glass or photography. Bobbette had a love of turning the ordinary into extraordinary with her photography. The Bobette Buchanan Pfeifer Visual Arts Scholarship was endowed with the intention of benefiting students pursuing creativity through an art major or minor at Northwestern.

Case Family Scholarship:

James A. Case was a long-time supporter of education and watched Northwestern’s education benefit his daughters, Valarie and Angelia Case. He was a proud supporter of Northwestern, and the Case family wanted to honor his appreciation of the school. The family, along with the support of friends and community members, created the Case Family Scholarship. With Valarie’s career in mass communication and Angelia’s passion for visual arts, the scholarship is intended for mass communication or visual arts students.

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