About Us

About Us

Welcome to the Department of Art and Art History at Baylor University.

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“Talent is produced in solitude, character in the stream of life.” Goethe

As the 2022-2023 academic year begins, we are excited to welcome you back with face-to-face studio art and art history classes! We will continue to build character as we re-enter the stream of life - safely and healthfully. Our faculty is prepared to teach and welcome you back into the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center!

The Department of Art and Art History offers students the finest undergraduate education with an exceptional faculty, formative curriculum, and outstanding facilities. Our professors are ready to help you engage with the content in an exciting and creative manner. Our faculty remain committed to helping you develop the foundational skills, knowledge, and work ethic necessary to pursue a rewarding career in the visual arts or art history.

In the numerous art history offerings and in the multiple studio disciplines, you will develop the ability to think critically, to master core principles, and to distinguish yourself in a variety of visual and academic fields. Those of you who choose to pursue advanced study within studio art or art history will be thoroughly grounded within your chosen discipline and prepared to enter highly competitive and nationally-recognized graduate programs.

The department offers a BA in both Art History and Studio Art, and the BFA in Studio Art, the professional undergraduate degree, with separate concentrations in each of seven studios. There are minors available in both studio and art history.

We plan to have internationally-known artists and speakers visit in person and via Zoom to add to the diversity of educational opportunities. You will be able to converse with, and question, scholars and professional artists who are living all over the world via the exceptional technology provided by Baylor. Now we are able to continue some of the benefits that we learned about Zoom with our in-person classes.

This has been a time for all of our staff to be innovative and expand their curricular visions beyond the physical classroom, studio, or museum space. But now we are all prepared to teach you in person. We have a stimulating schedule of exhibits in the Department's Martin Museum of Art and look forward to returning to opening receptions and gallery talks. These exhibitions will be incorporated into many departmental courses as well. 

Join us by sharing your talents and building your character with our caring, productive, and dedicated faculty in an environment that fosters personal attention, allows small classes, and results in a quality undergraduate education.

Come to Baylor and join us in the Department of Art and Art History!

Heidi J. Hornik, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Professor of Art History


Department of Art & Art History Mission Statement: We are an academic community of artists, scholars, and professionals engaged in open and inclusive conversations around art and design in a global context. In our work we nurture and prepare the next generation of visual thinkers.