A commitment to high quality undergraduate and graduate education in the visual arts is the cornerstone of the mission of the Department of Art. Quality teaching is enhanced by the creative research endeavors of the faculty who work closely with students to stimulate aesthetic and intellectual inquiry in both theory and application. The Department of Art prepares its students to become practicing artists who possess visual literacy, cultural and historical awareness, sound aesthetic judgement, and creative problem-solving skills. In order to ensure the successful implementation of the mission, the pedagogical practices, educational objectives, and curricular structure of the Department are guided by a series of preferred student outcomes.

The mission of the Department of Art includes professional and public service contributions. The expertise unique to the professional artist, designer, and teacher serves varied clientele, agencies, and associations in the community, state of Kansas, and the national and international community.

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our facilities

Housed at the heart of campus, the Department of Art is West of the Quad and North of Hale Library in Willard Hall. Willard Hall underwent reconstruction in 1934 after a fire destroyed the former Denison Hall. Construction of the new building ended in1937 and named after Dr. J.T. Willard.Willard Hall was originally home to the Chemistry and Physics Department, and as you roam the halls traces of the old department still mark the doors and corridors.


Dr. J.T. Willard served Kansas State University in several capacities, including studying here as a student, as a Professor of Science, a KSU Vice President, and acting President for two months following the resignation of H.J. Waters in 1917. Dr. Willard became the universities historian in 1936. He holds the record of having the longest official association with K-State of 71 years, this includes his education and career. In 1936, David Overmeyer painted Dr. Willard's portrait and it hung in the halls of Willard up until a few years ago when it was taken in what was thought to be a practical joke,. The portrait was recently returned and was rehung on the first floor of his namesake building.


Department of Art now resides in Willard Hall where lab benches and Bunsen burners have given way to a state of the art 2D and 3D print labs, dedicated iMac computer labs, gallery spaces, photo darkrooms and shooting studios, as well as a dedicated facility for our D/X Media area.



The Department of Art at Kansas State University is a NASAD accredited institution with nine concentrations in studio art, graphic design and art history. The mission of the Department of Art is based on the recognition of the universal human need for communication and visual expression, the centrality of the visual arts and visual communication in contemporary society, and the diversity of perspectives  that can be  provided by exposure to the arts.

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Kansas State University Department of Art

(785) 532-6605


111 Willard Hall, Manhattan KS 66506