The art department is a dynamic place, with a number of new faculty joining us in the past few years. Overall, the faculty is impressive, including two Fulbright Fellows, Five McKnight recipients, and three recipients of the prestigious Bush Grant. As individual entries show, faculty are active and accomplished in a broad range of achievements.
Students benefit directly from such an active faculty. Students and recent alumni are successful in entering graduate programs at an increasing rate and exhibiting their work in Twin-Cities galleries. One recent alum had her work selected for New American Paintings, a national publication that selects only 40 artists per issue out of 600-1000 competitors. Graphic design majors are readily employed, with a 78% placement rate; half of those are offered jobs directly from their internships before even finishing their degrees. Art education is an ever-increasing major, as are all of the department’s majors. Since 1998, the number of department majors has grown from 250 to 350.