Department of Art and Design
Location: Building 45, Room 2022 in the Fine Arts Center
Phone: (904) 620-4037
Web Address: http://www.unf.edu/coas/art-design
Chair: Debra Murphy, Ph.D.
The mission of the Department of Art and Design is to
provide outstanding undergraduate teaching in the disciplines of studio arts
(including painting, drawing & printmaking, ceramics and sculpture),
photography, graphic design & digital media and art history, and to instill
creative, analytical, applied and theoretical skills while providing
opportunities for transformational experiences such as internships, directed
research and study tours and programs abroad.
The Department of Art and Design offers courses of study
leading to career preparation in fine arts, graphic design & digital media,
and art history as practitioners, teachers, artists or consultants; provides
service courses in art and art history to other disciplines in the University;
and fosters individual professional growth and cultural enhancement by
promoting artistic production and scholarly research on the part of the faculty
and students. The department seeks to enrich the cultural atmosphere and
intellectual awareness of the University and Northeast Florida through art
exhibitions, lectures, seminars, workshops and study abroad opportunities.
The comprehensive, multifaceted art curriculum is designed to produce an
artistically sophisticated graduate with realistic expectations to compete in
the job market or pursue graduate study. Program concentrations are in
painting, drawing and printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and graphic design &
digital media. All studio and design concentrations emphasize a hands-on
approach and feature opportunities for exhibition and presentation. Access to
the greater Jacksonville area lends additional professional appeal because of
its vibrant arts community, numerous exhibition venues and art museums. The
Department works closely with MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural resource of UNF,
and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. UNF faculty members are involved in
curating exhibitions at the museums, presenting lectures and serving on museum
The Department of Art and Design received the prestigious accreditation from the National Association of Schoold of Art and Design (NASAD) in October 2106. NASAD accreditation signals the department’s excellence in faculty, programs, and curriculum, and the wide support it receives from the university administration and staff.
Majors and Minors
The department offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts with
concentrations in painting/drawing/printmaking, ceramics, sculpture,
photography and graphic design and digital media. A Bachelor of Arts in Art
History is also offered. Minors are offered in Fine Arts, Photography, Art
History and Ceramics.
The department sponsors an annual six-week study abroad program in Italy where students can study and experience first-hand some of the most
important works from western civilization. Art History and studio courses are
offered. Students visit both smaller towns and large urban centers such as
Florence and Naples while the majority of the program is anchored in Rome.
Other study abroad programs are offered on a rotating basis such as graphic
design and digital media programs in Brazil and Ireland.
There are several competitive scholarships available for
majors in the department to help support study abroad opportunities.
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Opportunities for Student
Exhibitions and Internships
There is a highly competitive annual Juried Student exhibition held every year in the University of North Florida Gallery in Building 2/1032, Founders Hall.
Students interested in Museum Studies and gallery work
may be interested in internships at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and
MOCA Jacksonville. In addition, classes in Curatorial Practices are offered in
the University Gallery of Art on the UNF campus. The Department also maintains
and curates a regular exhibition schedule in the UNF Gallery at MOCA.
Internships are also available in graphic design firms
and corporations, photography studios, various galleries, the Cultural Council
of Greater Jacksonville and area hospitals that coordinate art therapy
There are a number of student organizations in the department including the Sculptors’ Guild, the Pottery Guild, the Photo Club, the Print Guild, and The Osprey Design Club.
The faculty of the Department of Art and Design is
composed of award winning professors and artists who have established national
and international reputations. The Faculty holds membership in a variety of
professional organizations including the College Art Association, the
Southeastern College Art Association, the Renaissance Society of America,
Southern Graphics International, AIGA, and the Society for Photographic Education, and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, among others.
The Barbara Ritzman
Devereux Artist Workshop
Through generous support from the family of the late
Barbara Ritzman Devereux, an artist of national stature is invited annually to
campus to work with students, exhibit and lecture.
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of Art& Design Faculty
L. Murphy, Professor & Chair
David J. Begley, Associate Professor
Louise F. Brown, Professor
Peter S. Brown, Associate Professor
Blake Coglianese, Associate Professor
Vanessa B. Cruz, Associate Professor
Alexander Diaz, Associate Professor
Nofa F. Dixon, Associate Professor
James R. Draper, Instructor and Curator
Trevor T. Dunn, Associate Professor
Sheila Goloborotko, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Hager, Professor
Elizabeth B. Heuer, Associate Professor
Stephen E. Heywood, Professor
Jason C. John, Associate Professor
Paul C. Karabinis, Associate Professor
Andrew Kozlowski, Assistant Professor
Kally Malcom, Assistant Professor
Elizabeth B. Nabi, Associate Professor
Claudia Scaff, Associate Professor
Christopher W. Trice, Associate Professor
Lisa West, Instructor
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