Mission of the Department of Art and Art History
The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is a community of students, staff, and faculty that advances the study and practice of art history, design, and fine art.
We sustain and further these disciplines through rigorous research, creative production, instruction, and community engagement within the context of an urban research university.
To realize this vision the department will:
1. Offer relevant and innovative programs grounded in faculty expertise
2. Support the research and creative activity of students and faculty
3. Develop lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and events that engage diverse audiences
4. Cultivate a supportive and collaborative environment for critical thinking, visual literacy, and creative practice
5. Provide safe and professional facilities for our students, staff, and faculty
6. Promote the importance of an arts education within a university context
There are seven nonprofit corporations in charge of ensuring academic standards in the United States. Michigan falls under the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Wayne State University has been North Central-accredited since 1915.
Wayne State's art galleries are on artinfo.com
The department is excited to host the 2014 Mid-America Print Council Conference. The conference website can be viewed here.
The department was very pleased to host the 2012 Mid-America College Art Association Conference. The conference was held in October 2012, in downtown Detroit. Programming included three featured speakers, panel presentations in art, design, art history, and visual resources, as well as studio workshops, MACAA member exhibitions, and museum visits. Please click here to view the conference website.