Wayne State University



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


The departmental newsletter is a publication of the Wayne State University Department of Art and Art History. Students, alumni and faculty members are invited to send exhibition announcements and other news to wsuartnews@wayne.edu.


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.

Special Events Hosted in Our Department

Sculpture X

2017 Sculpture X Symposium - Coming in October 2017

2015 Sculpture X Symposium

Mid-America Print Council Conference

2014 Mid-America Print Council Conference

Mid-America College Art Association

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.