About the School of Art & Design

Our interdisciplinary curriculum includes traditional and online courses that are rigorous and relevant, with small class sizes to support the development of each student’s creative voice. Art & Design faculty, celebrated for their individual accomplishments, are committed to teaching excellence and maintaining high standards in an engaging, supportive environment.

Together, the School of Art & Design with the School of Music,  School of Theatre,  School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the College of Arts and Media, play an integral role on campus and in the community.

“The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind–computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. These people—artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers–will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.”

— Daniel H. Pink

A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age

School of Art & Design Mission Statement

The School of Art & Design is dedicated to supporting our students to flourish as skilled artists, designers, filmmakers, scholars, educators, entrepreneurs, and dynamic creatives across diverse fields. Our students use their technical and conceptual foundation, interdisciplinary methods, and engagement with emerging technologies to innovate in their disciplines and become civic-minded citizens, leaders, and difference-makers in their communities, the region, and beyond.

In the pursuit of our mission, we are committed to the following goals:

    Cultivating an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and student-centered; that inspires artistic achievement, academic excellence, and personal growth.
    Educating students to think critically, work creatively, communicate effectively, and demonstrate technological and visual literacy.
    Supporting a faculty of distinguished artists, scholars, and educators who inspire students to achieve their full potential.
    Enriching the cultural life of the University by providing exhibitions, lectures, and other arts events.
    Engaging Marshall University faculty, staff, and students through campus and community outreach.
    Collaborating with arts organizations and agencies to support the arts and cultural life of the community and region.

Marshall School of Art & Design Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The School of Art & Design is committed to cultivating an inclusive community for students, staff, and faculty, and we undertake this task in multiple ways:

We support our students across axes of race, socio-economic class, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodivergence, disability, age, national origin, and veteran or parenting status. We recognize that art history, mainstream critical discourse, and the institutional context for visual art have historically overlooked the contributions of women, people of color, and LGBTQ artists; we teach the creative work of these underrepresented groups as part of a broad array of art and artists while drawing on a diverse set of frameworks. We want all of our students to see themselves represented in artwork and also be exposed to art and ideas from a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints outside of their own subject positions.

In the School of Art & Design, we draw on the particular histories of the tri-state region and of Appalachia, with its diverse populations of Indigenous people, workers migrating for the railroad, mining and manufacturing industries, and its attendant rich heritage of labor struggle. We simultaneously recognize Appalachia’s strong traditions of place-making, especially via folk craft traditions of the region. We seek to be a part of the increasing awareness of the presence and contributions of Black, Brown and Indigenous people in Appalachia.

We are active in national critical analysis and debate around social justice issues. In particular, we take into consideration how visual art has sometimes worked to uphold oppression and inequality, and we embrace scholarship that sheds light on and counters these mechanisms of injustice. Visual art is a crucial site of interrogation, reflection, and experimentation, and we remain active in these critical conversations within our courses, gallery exhibitions, visiting artist program, conference participation, and scholarly and creative work.

Contact Us

Marshall University
School of Art & Design
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

Email: art@marshall.edu

Phone: 304-696-6760


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