The art program offers an opportunity for the student to engage in a meaningful involvement with the visual arts through active exploration, critical thinking, and inquiry. The program is designed to develop and enhance the ability to explore the expressive potential of varied media and techniques while linking content with form in developing personal expression. Joining theory and practice, and recognizing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, the art program encourages the development of the artist in all of us, both as a way of life and as a fulfilling livelihood and career.
Equipped facilities, small class size, low student/teacher ratio, personally designed programs, individual care and assistance, studio space, access, exhibit opportunities, and devoted faculty enable the UGF art program to succeed in serving every student who desires to pursue the art experience.
The art major provides preparation for careers in the visual arts and fine art crafts, expressive arts therapy, arts administration, art education, arts advocacy, studio technician; and art fields such as graphic, architectural, film, theater, and industrial design. It also addresses the growing need for creative thinkers in every imaginable field and endeavor. Students are well prepared to continue their studies at the graduate level in many related areas of study.
The art program provides students with opportunities to work with established regional artists in a variety of media. The Great Falls region has a strong arts community which includes many graduates of the program. The Paris Gibson Museum provides a setting for contemporary art and the C.M. Russell Museum has an exceptional Western collection and annually hosts an art event which attracts collectors from throughout the world.
The UGF art department taught me to see the world differently. I began to notice simple things like the shape of a leaf and shadow of a person walking by. Things that never caught my eye suddenly did and then I started to notice the injustice in the world, so I utilized art to help others see this injustice, and I focused my art thesis on the hidden reality of hunger and homelessness in our community and around the world. “Hidden Reality and Social Art,” was met by criticisms because as homelessness is it was ugly with spots of beauty in the strength shown in the eyes of those faced with homelessness. Some individuals were moved by this installation and stated that they started to see what had previously been hidden. UGF art department isn’t just about making art which is powerful in itself, it is about developing strong people that see the world different and work to make a difference in the world.