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  • Founded in 1871

About University of Arkansas School of Art

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

The School of Art: The University of Arkansas has recently been awarded a $120 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to establish a School of Art. The gift created the first and only school of art in the state of Arkansas, and is helping to propel art history, art education, studio art and graphic design forward, while also providing unparalleled opportunity to students. In addition, the School of Art has recently received a $40 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to develop and build a new Studio Art and Graphic Design facility. The mission of the School of Art is to develop one of the highest quality educational, research and service programs in the visual arts available nationally. The School currently includes 53 faculty, six staff members, and more than 400 students; it currently offers six degree options: BFA in Art Education, BFA in Graphic Design, BFA in Studio Art, BA in Art History, BA in Studio Art, and an MFA in Studio Art. (Advanced degrees in Art Education, Art History, and Graphic Design are in development.) The school is a fully-accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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