University of Alaska Anchorage

  • UAA Department of Art

    The mission of the Department of Art is to prepare students to use their artistic abilities to make a difference in society. A comprehensive multi-studio approach encourages independent thinking, strengthens creativity, and develops knowledge of the critical and historical aspects of art. Students acquire technical skills and gain confidence to work with a variety of materials while exploring and evaluating the broad and diverse heritage of art and design. Our goal is to train and graduate students who are empowered artists, focused on excellence in creativity, and who are essential to the continued development of our vibrant culture.

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 Step Into Creativity

The UAA Fine Arts Building is home to a vibrant community of students and faculty in which we currently offer two academic programs and eleven areas of study. It is a place of discovery where students find their own unique way to communicate and express themselves visually. Students are mentored to be courageous, ask thoughtful questions, solve problems creatively and develop the skill sets necessary to be engaged professionals.  Dedicated faculty, challenging curricula, well-equipped studios, a dynamic roster of visiting artists, and a gallery that focuses on national and international art exhibitions are the aspects of our department which empowers and prepares students for graduate study and fine art careers.

Areas of Study


Areas of Study

  • Jessi Saiki

    Student Success: Jessi Saiki

    In 2017, Jessi Saiki was enrolled as pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts Major at UAA. She was also working in UAA’s office of New Student Recruitment as a student ambassador. Steven Godfrey, a Professor of Art in Ceramics at UAA who was also Jessi’s advisor, had received word that The Arc of Anchorage was looking for student interns at their art studio on D Street, called “Sparc”. The Arc of Anchorage is a nonprofit organization whose mission is: “To encourage and celebrate the potential of people who experience disabilities.” Sparc is a gallery and studio space that celebrates self-expression and individuality while encouraging social enterprise. This program is involved with the art community by collaborating with other galleries, artists and retail spaces. With her expertise in ceramics and painting as well as her experience as a new student ambassador, Professor Godfrey knew that Jessi would be the right person for this position. 

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 Art Galleries to Explore 

⊗ PLEASE NOTE: Events through the end of
Spring Semester 2020 are suspended
per UAA COVID-19 event policy.⊗

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