School of Art

For over 75 years, the School of Art at Bowling Green State University has provided a nurturing environment, encouraging students to express their creative voice in a school where art and design is innovative, vibrant, and full of possibilities. 

Our five divisions include StudioDigital ArtsGraphic DesignArt Education and Art History.

At the School of Art, students pursuing our BA, BFA, MA, or MFA degrees experience the exclusivity of a private art academy - our student to faculty ratio is 15:1 - yet enjoy the affordability of a state university.

And, because we are one of the largest state art schools in Ohio, we are able to offer a diverse array of studio and art history classes and study abroad opportunities, as well as the facilities and faculty to position students for successful internships and careers. Many of our students acquire hands-on experience through internships with local and regional arts organizations as well as prominent national entities organizations such as Disney Animation, Pixar, and the Museum of Modern Art.

The School of Art has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1984.


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September 30th - November 6th
Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery

Opening Reception Friday, September 30th at 7 pm

Giving VOICE: Native American Printmaking showcases recent Native American prints from Crow's Shadow Institute of Art, located on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon. With its roots in collaborative practice and community, Crow’s Shadow was established in 1992 by James Lavadour (Walla Walla) and Phillip Cash (Cayuse and Nez Perce) to foster economic and cultural development for Native American artists. Since its founding the Institute has grown into an internationally acclaimed printmaking atelier that is widely recognized for its role in sustaining contemporary indigenous visual art.

Curated by Robin Reisenfeld, former curator of works on paper at the Toledo Museum of Art, and faculty member in modern and contemporary art at Christie’s Education, New York.

Tuesday, October 4th at 5:30 pm
Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery

Curator's Talk by Robin Reisenfeld

Thursday, November 3rd at 7 pm
Fine Arts 204

Artist Talk by John Hitchcock

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday   11:00 am - 4:00 pm          
Thursday evening   6:00 pm - 9:00 pm           
Sunday   1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Closed University Holidays. 

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September 16th - October 30th
Willard Wankelman Gallery

Opening Reception Friday, September 23rd at 6pm

BGSU is pleased to welcome an important work into the Fine Arts Center collection, Daniel Bennett Schwartz’s Portrait of the Artist, Running. To celebrate the arrival of the painting, School of Art director Charlie Kanwischer, has curated an exhibition focusing on the process that the artist used to create his masterwork over a period of 16 years.

Jessie Walton – Gold Addy Award

BGSU Alumnus Chosen for Prestigious Artist-in-Residence Program!

Widely acclaimed artist Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Senegal has chosen a Bowling Green State University alumnus to be part of its exclusive artist-in-residence program this fall.

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Rose Brookhart – Vice President

A New Flag to Represent the City of Toledo Could be Coming Soon!

The design was put forward by Jacob Parr, a BGSU GD alum, a lifelong Toledoan and designer at Hanson, Inc. Mr. Parr’s work can already be seen around the city, as he’s designed logos for local brands such as Fowl and Fodder, Equality Toledo, and the VProject coronavirus vaccine mobilization effort.

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Sophia Llamas – BOLD

A BOLD Award for a BOLD Project!

Sophia Llamas (’22) earned a student Silver Addy Award for her project BOLD, with materials she created for a class last Spring. Sophia designed all of the brand’s graphics, which included web banners, Instagram posts and stories, animated gifs, digital name badges, and even the backgrounds for the School of Art’s 14th annual Portfolio Review Day virtual event. Well done, Sophia!

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Updated: 09/28/2022 12:01PM