The Department of Art teaches visual literacy skills with the intention of preparing our graduates for a lifetime of creative activity. We educate both majors and non-majors to develop students into critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, compassionate human beings and life-long learners. These qualities will not only ensure success in education but also provide flexibility when these skills are used to make personal or professional choices. Moreover, these skills provide the basis for fulfilling and culturally enriched living. Our students will be guided and trained in the necessary technical and conceptual skills needed to become successful professional artists and art educators.

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  • Forestria 

    Smith, Collen Francis (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    In the human imagination, the forest has functioned as the stage of myth and folktale, and as a place where we can both seek shelter and fear for our lives. Even though the forest has been such an integral part of human ...
  • & the dynamo 

    Nutt, Zachary C. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    The artworks within & The Dynamo combine the visual histories of cartography, landscape painting, infographics and systems based abstraction to evaluate the industrial complexes and infrastructure that make up the contemporary ...
  • Beyond sight 

    McMurry, Caleb (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    Beyond Sight highlights the research, personal experiences, and conceptual underpinnings that inform Caleb McMurry's artwork in his homonymous Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition. Personally informative and subjective ...
  • Ruinscape : archetpyes of form and spirit 

    Hendrix, Kyle (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    The megalithic architecture of many cultures throughout history share a continuity of form language that is archetypal, and therefore independent of distance or location. I am interested in the distinct sense of the ...
  • Illusion 

    Zha, Guigen (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    China's economy has been growing rapidly in the last few decades as evidenced by recent GDP and Chinese government's enormous investments on public infrastructure. When it comes to China?s golden era, the Tang Dynasty ...
  • Friends from isolation 

    Maier, Joshua Ryan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    Friends from Isolation is part science fiction tale, part exploration of form and surface through ceramic sculpture. The energy of each and the unity of the whole through strong individuality implies life and the wild ...
  • Ego trip 

    El Jaouhari, Nabil (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    My exhibition, entitled Ego Trip, was an attempt to explore the concepts of biological destiny, productivity, and gender roles through the lens of feminist and queer theory. This lens was focused on the myth of Narcissus, ...
  • Becoming aware 

    Bennett, Jennifer Mae (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    Becoming Aware, an installation created with cotton thread, crochet handicraft, and honey bee imagery, critiques the industrial farming method of monoculture. The crocheted fabric's large-scale demonstrates the unnatural ...
  • Retromania: graphic design and the American Dream 

    Manning, Morgan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This body of work examines the cultural history of the American Dream through the visual language of mid-century graphic design and illustration. Rather ...
  • The mass of solitude 

    McClellan, Scott (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    Weathering, metamorphosis, heat, and tectonics are forces that form and transform the earth. Over millennia, these methods of abrasion construct captivating structures out of ubiquitous materials. I reference rock landscapes ...
  • Elevated 

    Bader, Kyle P. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Celebrated, mundane; appealing, discarded; real, fake; structured, messy; quick, slow; assumptions, well- observed; found object, representational ...
  • 9 to 5 feces on fart and crass : subverting society's segregative structures 

    Loving, Brandon (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] In resistance to oligarchical structures, which deny access and influence nearly every aspect of our society, I've created an inventory of work, which ...
  • Realizing the unknown through ritual objects 

    Gable, Marni L. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    The realization that we must interact with the unknown on a daily basis can be confounding. We constantly encounter evidence that mystery pervades our existence. Through the experience of births, deaths, and our own personal ...
  • State of flux 

    Arndt, Kait, 1988- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This thesis is a formal discussion of the conceptual elements within the body of work presented in my MFA Thesis Exhibition: State of Flux. The works ...
  • False sense of care 

    Sandbothe, Mary Margaret (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    False Sense of Care is the thesis exhibition by Mary Margaret Sandbothe. The exhibition incorporated two bodies of work titled, Ideal Queers comprised of large format digitally printed cross-stitch simulations on cotton ...
  • Supremus 

    Markworth, Jeffrey (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    My work is an example of how humans create resurrection mythologies as a response to death. Resurrection is a memorial, which not only functions as a remembrance of a person, but also serves as a process of understanding ...
  • Philographica : that which is written or described of love 

    Cranor, Anna Roe (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
  • Threads of imperfection 

    Boudreaux, Shirley A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
  • Vivarium 

    Tyler, Laura Louise (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Throughout history, people have collected nature for the purpose of being displayed in domesticated spaces. 17th century naturalists brought found ...
  • Drink Bleach: The Anti State of Mind 

    O'Keefe, Ginnifer Paige (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This body of work presents a visual rejection of understood ideas of acceptance and a vindication of new ones. As a maker, I obtain an "anti state of ...

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