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

  • 2020 Faculty Exhibition samples

    Department of Art Faculty Exhibition


    The times of disruption and strife are when artists are needed more than ever. This is when they really go to work. Artists respond to rpesent struggles, they tell stories that provide context and clarity. Artists make documents that connect out present to the past and the future. Artists interpret. 
    -- Segment of the introduction by Michael Conti, Kimura Gallery Director 

    Presence: 12th UAA Art Faculty Biennial 2020

  • 35th Annual 2020 No Big Heads National Self Portrait Competition of Limited Size. Submissions due September 5, 2020 (9/5/2020) by 5:00 PM AKST.

    Hugh McPeck Gallery - Call for Artists

    The "No Big Heads" Self Portrait Exhibition is open to all artists. Entries must have been completed within the last three years and cannot have been exhibited in any previous "No Big Heads" competitions at the Hugh McPeck gallery. Limit of two entries per person. Works accepted in all media forms, as long as they are no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches. This is a VIRTUAL event; no shipping required. Awards include $1,000 for "Best in Show" and an additional $1,000 in other cash prizes!

    • Virtual Exhibition Opens; Thursday October 3, 5:00 PM 

    • Exhibition Closes; Thursday October 24


    Call for Entry

 Art Galleries to Explore 

Due to UA's COVID-19 Response,
the Kimura Gallery will be hosting a series
of virtual exhibitions for fall semester 2020.

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