Art Department

The Art Department

The visual arts programs at Westfield State University incorporates a curriculum consistent with C.A.A. guidelines through the exploration of traditional and emerging mediums. The Art Department offers a BA in Art with areas of concentration in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Art History and Fine Arts, comprised of Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture. The Department also offers four minors in Art, Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Animation.  Each concentration's and minor's objectives are to develop technical knowledge and expertise appropriate to each discipline.  All concentrations share a common Art Major foundation program that lead into the concentration specializations in the final two years of study. This foundation program is of critical significance as it provides each student a comprehensive background in color, form, structure and design.  Additionally, our students have the opportunity to participate in professional internships, capstone and thesis classes, the creation of campus journals, and the annual Student Art Exhibition.

The art studios in The Catherine Dower Center for Performing and Fine Arts are open to all art majors, minors and students that are taking art classes for all of their studio-related projects.  All courses are open to the university’s students who meet the proper prerequisites of each class. The professors at Westfield State encourages student experimentation and independence of thought in a creative environment.  Due to our comfortable the studio and lecture class size, you'll have the advantage of working one on one with these professors who are professional practitioners in their fields of study.  Trips to regional museums and galleries are a regular part of the department’s art classes along with presentations and workshops with regional and national visiting artist.

Department Spotlight

student making sculpture
Portfolio Review:

If you've requested admission to the Art Major on your application form, applicants must successfully pass a portfolio review by the Art Department’s faculty. Submit 

Submit your digital art portfolio

Alumni & Current Students

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Interested in Art Therapy?

This Art Therapy document highlights how Westfield State can help you.

Study in Florence, Italy

Westfield State collaborates with Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy.  Students can enrich their educational experience and receive credit by living in Florence Italy for one or two semesters or a J-term over Winter break.

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Girl making pottery

Meet Our Students

Undergraduate Enrollment

Department Announcements

October 15, 2018

The Art Department would like to congratulate 2013 alumni Amanda Putnam-Palmer on being selected the 2018 R. Michelson Galleries NESCBWI Emerging Artist. The opening to an exhibit of her work and other illustrators at the gallery is Sunday November 11th from 4-6 pm.

September 17, 2018

Graphic Design Club will meet on Thursdays at 5 pm in Dower 166 for the 18-19 academic year.

October 30, 2018

The Art Department would like to congratulate these students on their fall internships.

Art Gallery

Arno Maris Gallery

Visit the Arno Maris Gallery website to view current and upcoming exhibits and lectures occurring in this space.

The gallery has five exhibit yearly along with lectures and other events through out the year.

The annual Student Art Exhibit takes place in April showcasing the work of the university's students.

Photo Galleries

Browse our photo gallery

Student Artwork Gallery

Math, Science, & Art Spring 2017 Exhibit

Arno Maris Gallery at Westfield State University in April 2017


View the piece of artwork titled Obaminoes and learn about the piece in the Ely Library

Clubs & Organizations

  • Graphic Design Club

    The Graphic Design Club provides members with a better understanding of graphic design and graphic arts in visual communication.

  • OTAKU Club

    The primary purpose of the Westfield State Otaku Club is to provide members of the club with information pertaining to Japanese animation.

  • Art Club

    The purpose of this club is to enrich the educational experience of all students interested in art by providing trips to art museums.