About Us

About Us

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

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"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand." -Albert Einstein

Art often involves looking at one thing and seeing another, whether in terms of materials, content, or history and traditions. We live in an ever-expanding visual world in need of educated, visually trained professionals, whether as designers, teachers, artists, museum professionals or consultants.

With our expert faculty and outstanding facilities, we in the Baylor University Art Program are committed to helping students develop the foundational skills, knowledge, and work ethic necessary to pursue a rewarding career in the visual arts.

Whether in one of the many art history offerings or in the studio disciplines, our students develop the ability to think critically, to master core principles, and to distinguish themselves in a variety of visual and academic fields. Those students who choose to pursue advanced study within the arts are thoroughly grounded within their respective disciplines and possess the knowledge and skills necessary to perform at nationally recognized levels of excellence.

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.

Visiting artists and speakers add to the diversity of educational opportunities along with a stimulating schedule of exhibits in the Department's Martin Museum of Art.

The Allbritton Art Institute, part of the Department of Art and Art History, is also housed in the Lewis Art Building and augments the Art History education of our students by promoting the comprehensive study of art and artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and travel that supports those areas of interest.

Studying the visual arts at Baylor University means personal attention, small classes, and quality undergraduate instruction by a caring, productive, and dedicated faculty.

We hope to meet you.


Mark W. Anderson
Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History