University Bulletin 2017-2018

Department of Visual Arts web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/art

The goals of the Department of Visual Arts include preparing students for graduate work or careers in the visual arts; providing suitable programs and courses for persons who want to study or practice the arts for their own personal development and cultural enrichment; and introducing students to their cultural tradition.

The Department of Visual Arts offers Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in Animation,  Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Glass, and Printmaking.
These degree programs are intended for students who plan to pursue careers in Art or Art History, which will typically require their having continued their studies at the graduate level. The Department offers minors in Studio Art and in Art History.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry. Students receiving a B.A. in Visual Arts must take ARS 396 (Studio Art students) or ARH 493 (Art History students) to fulfill the technology requirement. Students receiving a B.F.A. in Studio Art must take ARS 396 (Studio students), or ARS 479 (Graphic Design students), or ARH 493 (Art History students) to fulfill the technology requirement.

Graduate studies

The University of South Alabama offers a Masters of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Creative Technologies and Practice, which is the terminal, or highest, degree available in the field.  It is a cross-disciplinary degree program appealing to creatives who are interested in a variety of media technologies.  The program emphasizes interdisciplinary practice that spans multiple concentrations within the visual arts with technology serving to inform or facilitate the creative process.

The MFA in Creative Technologies and Practice will equip individuals to enter the workforce in a variety of creative technology areas, particularly to manage creative teams, to pursue careers as visual artists, to advance knowledge in the field through research or creative input, and to teach at the university level.

The University of South Alabama offers a Masters in Art Education and an Alternative Masters in Art Education which are housed in the College of Education and Professional Studies. Course work in the visual arts is within the Department of Visual Arts. Further information regarding these degree programs is listed in the Bulletin under graduate programs in the College of Education and Professional Studies.

Course Listing

Faculty Listing

Visual Arts Faculty
Burns, Kara K. Art and Art History Assistant Professor BA, University of Arizona
MA, University of Oregon
PHD, University of Arizona
Gibbs, Constance D. Art and Art History Associate Professor BFA, Auburn University
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth U
Hoffmann, Alma R. Art and Art History Assistant Professor BA, Univ of Puerto Rico-Central Ad
MFA, Iowa State University
Hopson-Walker, Matthew S. Art and Art History Assistant Professor BFA, Kansas City Art Institute
MA, University of Iowa
MFA, University of Iowa
Jahnke, Karl R. Art and Art History Assistant Professor BFA, Academy of Art College
MFA, Clemson University
Johnson, Matthew A. Art and Art History Associate Professor BFA, University of South Alabama
MFA, Louisiana Tech University
Lindeman, Christina K. Art and Art History Assistant Professor BA, Arizona State University-Main
MA, Arizona State University-Main
PHD, University of Arizona
Patterson, Matthew W. Art and Art History Assistant Professor BFA, University of Texas- Arlington
MFA, University of Texas- Arlington
Rivenbark, Elizabeth A. Art and Art History Associate Professor BA, Colby College
MA, Cornell U-Ny St Statutory Cols
PHD, Cornell U-Ny St Statutory Cols
Shamback, Benjamin J. Art and Art History Professor BA, Central Connecticut State U
MA, Fontbonne College
MFA, Fontbonne College
Skiadas, Margarita Art and Art History Senior Instructor BFA, College of Santa Fe
MFA, University of Colorado-Boulder
Wright, Roger A. Art and Art History Professor BFA, Moorhead State University
MFA, Southern Illinois U-Carbondale