Welcome to the Department of Art & Art History! We are a dynamic environment that aims to provide all UMKC students with education and experience to develop their creative- and critical-thinking skills, their art-making abilities, and their versatility in professional and personal situations.
Students studying Art History or Studio Art obtain a broad liberal arts foundation during their educational career and receive sound fundamental training in the arts. Small class sizes combined with interactive teaching methods offer a comprehensive learning environment for the aspiring arts professional. The department also collaborates with other departments and schools, with a combined major in Art History and History, and working with the School of Education on Art Education degrees.
Kansas City is nationally known for its vibrant arts scene, with the UMKC Gallery of Art, Urban Culture Project, Plug Projects, Grand Arts and the many galleries in Crossroads Arts District. Our department has partnerships with art organizations like Charlotte Street Foundation, ArtsKC, Studios Inc, and others open up internships, networking, entrepreneurial mentoring and other professional development opportunities. Visiting artists and scholars, gallery exhibitions, and enrichment programs supplement course work.
Outside of the classroom, physical proximity and close professional connections to the museums, studios, galleries, and art organizations in the Kansas City community offer students additional opportunities for exposure to new ideas, media, and special events. The extensive collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is located three blocks away, and there are also major contemporary collections nearby, including those of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, H&R Block Artspace, the Belger Arts Center, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.