The Department of Visual Arts is a community of students and teachers committed to the advancement of creative expression and scholarly research in the visual arts. The faculty and staff place a high value on innovation, experimentation, and critical thinking as the cornerstones of a professional studio education.

We provide comprehensive training in the visual arts, art history and art education within the learning environment of a metropolitan, liberal-arts university. The average advanced studio class has an average 10:1 student to faculty more about our program.

Sri Lanka Photo of island and elephant

        Sri Lanka Study Abroad Program

May 11 - 25, 2015
Art, Culture & Social Justice

Sign up for the companion Spring 2015 courses now!
ART 394 with Prof. Thomas McGovern
ANT 394 with Dr. Sharyn Jones

These exciting, nontraditional courses will culminate in an optional two-week study abroad program in Sri-Lanka. 

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Sri Lanka photo water with anacient stupa

Spring Break 2015
This program is full

Study the art and history of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods with Professors Kevin Muente (art) and Bill Landon (history) during Spring Break March 6 - 15, 2015 in Florence and Rome.  Expand your classroom to the world. 

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Application deadline is November 21, 2014
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Travel Scholarships are available


2015 Juried Student Exhibition  

Juried Student Exhibition Info
Last day to submit work
Friday, March 6, 2015
DUE TO NKU WEATHER CLOSURE: deadline extended to Saturday, March 7.  The hours for drop-off will be Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th from 11 am to 4 pm.


2015 Student Scholarhips

Scholarship Info


2014 Department of Visual Arts Scholarship Recipients

Department of Visual Arts Scholarships

  • Matthew Dorman
  • Jessica Coffey
  • Kendra Hacker
  • Denise Wellbrock
  • Nikole Barkalow
  • Sarah Kendall
  • Stephen Wheeler

Friends of Fine Arts Scholarship

  • Tyler Griese

Schiff Family Scholarship

  • Brandon Parker
  • Lauren Webster







Office: Fine Arts Center 312, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099         
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