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Department of Art

Study art in a community of creative learners.

About the Department

Located in state-of-the-art facilities in the historic riverfront area of the vibrant city of Columbus, the Department of Art offers rigorous programs of study that guide students toward becoming creative professionals in their field in Studio Art, Art Education, Graphic Design, Animation, or Art History. Students in Studio Art choose a focus in Book Arts and Printmaking, Ceramics, Narrative Illustration, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Sculpture and Expanded Media, Animation, or Graphic Design. Visiting artists and scholars are regularly in residence and lead workshops or teach courses in topics related to their artistic and scholarly work. Everything that is offered in the Department -- a rich selection of courses, exhibitions, in-depth critiques, workshops and lectures – is orchestrated to expose our gifted students to an incredibly rich array of different perspectives and creates an intense environment designed to foster future, successful careers for our graduates. The Department has earned full professional accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.


More information of the 2023 Friends of Art Benefit Funding Future Artists Transcending Experiences


Ainsley Steeves

 I feel lucky to attend CSU and to be a part of the Art Department. The access to facilities is phenomenal and allows for further exploration of projects and associated materials. You can cultivate an experience that allows for the exploration of topics that you are interested in, in a medium you love. 

Ainsley Steeves

Create Your Future

The Department of Art offers a number of degrees and minors. Explore your options here.

Department Degree Programs
Program Type Programs Available
Bachelor's Art (B.A.), Art (B.F.A.), Art Education (B.S.Ed.), Art History (B.A.)
Master's Art Education (M.Ed.), Art Education (M.A.T.)
Minors Art, Art History

Explore All Degrees

Columbus State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (or of NASAD).

Our Students in Action

two people welding
a student working on an art project
a professor helping a student with a project
a student working with tools
multiple students in a gallery
multiple students in a gallery
students on a study abroad trip
multiple students in an office

Cierra Fountain

 My experience with the Department of Art at CSU has been no less than amazing. While studying here, I have gained more knowledge, encouragement, and opportunities than imaginable. I have grown closer to my peers, my professors, and my love of art since being a part of this department. 

Cierra Fountain

Learn From the Best

The Department of Art is home to many accomplished faculty members. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. Thanks to a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in our art degree programs.


Dr. Nick Norwood
Interim Department Chair


Hannah Israel


Yuichiro Komatsu
Professor of Art


Dr. Bret Lefler
Associate Professor


Claire McCoy


Libby McFalls


Michael McFalls
Professor / Director, Pasaquan & Bo Bartlett Center


Joe Sanders


Rylan Steele
Associate Professor


Orion Wertz


Samantha Yoo
Assistant Professor

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We Can Help

Columbus State University offers students a number of scholarships each year. Learn more about available scholarships.


Beyond the Classroom

At Columbus State University, you'll have opportunities to enhance your education in our degree programs by participating in organizations, events, and more.


Friends of Art - Friends of Art (FOA) provides supplemental financial support to the Department of Art, and participates in building the CSU art program to one of preeminence in the Southeast.

Galleries and Exhibitions - The Columbus State Art Department hosts a number of exhibitions and galleries throughout the year.

Pasaquan - At Pasaquan, St EOM incorporated both spiritual concepts from ancient cultures and futuristic ideas of levitation transportation. CSU will also host performances, retreats, tours, artistic workshops and various education-focused programs and activities at Pasaquan to introduce visitors to St. EOM’s extensive body of creative work for years to come.

Residency Programs - The Visiting Artist and Scholar Residency Program and the Summer River Fellow brings prominent studio artists, art historians, art critics, and curators to CSU's Department of Art for long or short term residencies.

The Art Education Experiential Learning Lab - The Art Education Experiential Learning Lab provides a stimulating environment in which undergraduate Art Education majors can develop and pilot lessons of their own design to gain valuable pre-service teaching experience.

The Pre-College Summer Arts Academy - The Pre-college Summer Arts Academy is a one-week program of college-level art classes for high school students on CSU’s vibrant RiverPark campus.


All-State Art Symposium - The annual All-State Art Symposium is dedicated to promoting and recognizing the creative talents of high school students from Georgia's school districts. The symposium's workshops, juried exhibition and other events provide high school students with cultural opportunities, develop advanced studio skills, and cultivate aesthetic appreciation while recognizing excellence in high school art education.

Art Throw Down Invitational - The Columbus State Art Department is proud to host the second annual High School Art Throw Down Invitational. Select your best and brightest art students to compete in the second annual Art Throw Down Invitational and be part of history as they compete in various categories ranging from two and three dimensional media to animation and graphic design.

Bo Bartlett Center - The Bartlett Center at Columbus State University is a dynamic, creative learning laboratory that is part gallery/museum, part experimental arts incubator, and part community center. Based on the belief that art can change lives, the Center has a two-fold mission: community outreach programs and a national mission to provide innovative exhibitions that deepens our understanding of art.


The Department of Art prepares its graduates for success in a global environment by providing student centered, comprehensive education in studio art, art education and art history. The Department of Art develops creative and intellectual potential, employs the highest quality pedagogy and fosters critical thinking through creative and scholarly research. The Department of Art endeavors to enrich the cultural fabric of our local, regional and global communities. We collaborate actively with the Columbus community to foster creative activity.


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