Department Overview

The Department of Art and Art History provides an innovative, energetic and interdisciplinary learning environment that focuses on academic excellence in the areas of art history and studio art. We provide specialized education for majors and minors in our department, as well as offer general enrichment to students working within the broader context of a university-wide liberal arts curriculum.

The Department of Art and Art History encourages a high level of creative thinking and intellectual inquiry, training students to become practicing artists, teachers in higher education, or professionals in other art or art-related fields. Programs within the department provide an informative, resourceful atmosphere that encourages artistic initiative and scholarly investigation. All programs in the Department of Art and Art History are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

a large brick building
Woods Hall, a UA landmark and the location of most art and art history classes.

Faculty members are committed to teaching excellence, research, and service. They incorporate traditional methods with emerging scholarship in their teaching and research, regularly publish in regional, national, and international publications, and participate in exhibitions and public presentations.

With the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art and its Permanent Collection, the Sella-Granata Art Gallery and a full schedule of visiting artists and lecturers, the Department of Art and Art History is an important resource for the university and is an integral part of the local and statewide arts scene.

About West Alabama

Tuscaloosa, ideally located in the Southeast, is convenient to metropolitan cities, mountains, and beaches. The area offers year-round outdoor activities, a vibrant arts community, the cultural benefits of a major university, and services befitting a larger community. Check out our “Art Roundup” of visual arts events all over West Alabama and beyond!

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Department of Art and Art History at The University of Alabama
from UA College of Arts & Sciences.