The College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts and the Department of Art and Art History offer many opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular programming. These activities expand, extend, and diversify the skills and knowledge developed in our studios and classrooms.

Many of the activities involve and include community members within and beyond Wayne State University and serve to connect our students with others in preparation for dynamic careers in fine art, design and art history. We are fortunate to have wonderful relationships with area museums, galleries, businesses, organizations and individuals.

Past events recently hosted by our department:


The Detroit Institute of Arts and James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History presented INSTRUMENTAL, a multi-media performance series featuring local and national artists who work in a variety of genres. 

Sculpture X:

2017 Sculpture X Symposium 

2015 Sculpture X Symposium

Mid-America Print Council Conference:

The department was pleased to host the 2014 Mid-America Print Council Conference. The conference included workshops, demonstrations, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and exhibtions. 

Mid-America College Art Association

The department was 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. 

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Featured artist

Quinn Hunter, Artist-in-Residence

The James Pierson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is proud to welcome Quinn Hunter as our 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence. Hunter uses sculpture and performance to discuss race, gender, and place with an emphasis on historical geography.

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