Department of Art & Art History

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Visual Arts Complex
Visual Arts Complex


In addition to a diverse selection of course offerings, the Department of Art and Art History houses a number of resources that support student work and growth. These include the Visual Resources Center; our expanded and modernized Woodshop and Metalshop; and multiple computer labs featuring regularly updated Macintosh computers with various graphics programs.

Within and beyond campus the department belongs to a broader community of artists and scholars. The CU Art Museum shares our home in the Visual Arts Complex, and offers an exciting exhibitions program, a permanent collection comprising some 5,000 works of art, and a diverse selection of lectures, symposia, and conferences. Other closely affiliated resources and programs on campus include the Art and Architecture Collection in Norlin Library (with approximately 100,000 volumes and over 500 journal subscriptions); the Film Studies Program, with whom we offer interdisciplinary MFA and BAMA degrees; and ATLAS (Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society), an innovative campus-wide initiative in education, research, creative work, and outreach. Explore our Community Resources links below to learn about some of the programs and organizations that contribute to our dynamic local culture of creative practice and inquiry.

The Department of Art and Art History has a strong commitment to community outreach and we regularly partner with the CU Pre-Collegiate Program and CU Upward Bound program. In response to state cutbacks and the increased need for arts instruction in our public schools, we implemented ArtsBridge programming in 2002 with the support of a University of California Irvine FIPSE grant. The goal of CU ArtsBridge is to work in partnership with Boulder Valley School District, St. Vrain School District, and Denver Public School District to provide visual literacy to K-12 school children. Using art as a “bridge,” we aim to provide public school students an enriched education.

Department Facilities
The Visual Resources Center (VRC)
The Woodshop
Computer Lab
Exhibition Spaces

Department Resources
ARTblast Newsletter
Alumni Newsletter
ArtsBridge Outreach
Honors Program
Experimental Digital Arts Studio
VRC Blog
Faculty Reading List
Lecturer Orientation Information

University Resources
Art and Architecture Collection in Norlin Library
Dennis Small Cultural Center
Libby Arts Residential Academic Program
Office of International Education
Special Collections
Study Abroad Program
CU Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS)
WICHE Program

Community Resources
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Boulder Community Network Arts Links
City of Boulder
Clyfford Still Museum
Denver Art Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver