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 present 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

 Due to UA's COVID-19 Response, the Kimura Gallery will be hosting a series of virtual exhibitions until further notice.

 Art Galleries to Explore

Kimera Gallery: The gallery programming is used to enhance the curriculum of studio art and art history classes and expand students thinking and approach to making art.

Arc Gallery: Dedicated to enriching the UAA and Anchorage community by producing exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career, and established Alaskan artists.

Hugh McPeck Gallery: Located on the second floor of the Student Union, showcases artwork created by UAA Students.

Visit our Galleries

student in UAA kimura gallery