The School of Art is a stimulating but intimate environment to practice, understand and advance the visual arts. With a solid grounding in traditional art-making practices, we encourage innovative and interdisciplinary approaches. In the program, students develop critical thinking tools, understand artistic practices and learn technical and creative skills necessary for work in the art professions or for graduate studies.
Each student is challenged to develop the highest professional standards in concept, technique and presentation and we promote active involvement in the community as a part of good studio practice. Because of small classes and easy access to faculty, students will get individualized attention as they shape the program to their needs.
The School of Art offers courses in a variety of artistic media – painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphic design, printmaking and ceramics – as well as in art history. Our purpose is to give all our students a firm grounding in the foundations of art, including drawing. The curriculum is designed to encourage students to explore a variety of media techniques, and later to specialize in one. Our equipment is state-of-the art.
The School of Art has an active visiting artist and lecturer program. Well-established artists, art critics or art historians deliver lectures or run workshops for our students and the community. Students get free admission to two museums in Tulsa: the Thomas Gilcrease Museum and the Philbrook Museum of Art. Students are encouraged to participate in the art profession by doing internships, entering juried exhibitions, giving lectures, attending or running workshops or volunteering at art agencies.
The School of Art also regularly organizes short trips to Kansas City, St. Louis, and Dallas / Fort Worth, among other places, and occasionally to New York, Boston, Chicago and Washington DC, to visit museums and special exhibitions.