The Art Department at St. Cloud State University is located in the Kiehle Visual Arts Center on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Central Minnesota. Within the building are an auditorium, Kiehle Gallery for professional exhibitions, computer labs, a student gallery and studios for each concentration. A number of scholarships are offered each year to art students.
The mission of the Department of Art is based upon objectives that are four-fold:
- To introduce students to the visual arts through lectures, discussions, and studio experiences
- Provide a current and timely preparation for the studio artist or graphic designer
- Prepare effective artists/teachers to teach art to private and public school students from preschool to grade twelve, as prescribed by the Minnesota State Department of Education and the State Licensure Board in accordance with current educational philosophy.
- Aquaint students with the history of art and its function as a universal language.
In meeting our mission we prepare art and design students to:
- develop the capacity to identify and solve problems within a variety of physical, technological, social, and cultural contexts;
- become familiar with and develop competence in a number of art and design techniques;
- understand the components and processes integral to work in the visual arts and design;
- acquire capabilities to integrate art and design knowledge and skills;
- understand critical, cultural, and historical contexts of visual arts and design.
The department offers course work pursuant to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.