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Art + Design

  Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. 

                                                                                ~Edgar Degas

Today's technologies have created a whole new environment and demand for creativity and innovation. In our program we stress the conceptualization of new ideas which are needed when interpreting the world in this new technology era. Technology with a relevant interpretation has helped to increase both the avenues for artistic expression and the audience for it as well. Every technology, from phone apps and television, to computers and video games, to tablets and laptops — these all require the production of visuals created by artists. In addition, the web-based markets for selling one's own works of art have made creative endeavors more direct and efficient.

With any medium you choose, you will see how art is integral to the economy of the future. The Department of Art & Design at UW-Eau Claire can help you to enter that economy, while fostering your aesthetic intuition and skills on the path to meet your career and artistic goals. The liberal arts studies offered at UW-Eau Claire increase your ability to synthesize and make necessary connections between your artistic voice and an ever-changing, global workforce.

Throughout this site you will find out all of the academic and enrichment opportunities available to majors and minors in art and design.


I was able to pursue a range of interests outside of the Art & Design program — performing arts, languages, American Indian Studies, and business — which all affect how I see and participate in making art.

2011 Illustration B.F.A. graduate

Foster Gallery

The Ruth Foster Art Gallery in Haas Fine Arts Center is the hub of display for student, faculty and alumni art here on campus.

Exhibit schedule and more

Student-designed bus wrap one of many ways UW-Eau Claire's centennial is celebrated

After a semester filled with hours upon hours of tireless work, art students Roslyn Cashman and Lukas Carlson were finally able to see their finished product, and will continue to see it on campus running the student bus route for the entire academic year.

Art on the move
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