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 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.



View the impressive talents of more than 200 gifted high school artists from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in this highly competitive juried exhibition organized by jennifer Moorman of Eastwood Schools and Jodi Peace of Woodmore Schools.

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Lynn Whitney, The Shoreby Club - Bratenahl, Ohio 2009

From science to art: All ‘Eyes’ on water quality

The BGSU Galleries will host a series of events that focus on water issues, including two photography exhibitions, “Lake Erie: On the Edge,” with photographs by Linda Butler, in the Willard Wankelman Gallery and “The Great Lake Erie,” featuring photography by Frank Gohlke and Lynn Whitney in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery Lobby, Fine Arts Center, Sept. 20-Nov. 24.

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News and Stories


Realism on display in "On Being" at Artlink

Artlink, 300 E. Main St., is showing “On Being: Realism and the BGSU School of Art Painting and Drawing Program.”

The exhibition, curated by Brandon Briggs and Dennis Wojtkiewicz, features paintings and drawings that seem impossibly real such as a pair of red shoes with stains from being worn in an art studio, a wrinkled but beautiful silk dress and a slice of melon with flesh that appears to glow from unseen light.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. “On Being” closes Sept. 13.

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Local artists getting new displays at Toledo Museum of Art

Local artists getting new displays at Toledo Museum of Art

Three local artists' work is featured in the Toledo Museum of Art’s major summer exhibition, “Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture,” which has a few more weeks to go before closing Sept. 15. In the show are three graphite pieces by artist Charles Kanwischer, director of the school of art at Bowling Green State University, and two gelatin prints by local photographer Lynn Whitney, who heads the photo department at BGSU. READ MORE

BGSU ranks 9th in Midwest, 46th in nation for animation

BGSU ranks 9th in Midwest, 46th in nation for animation

Bowling Green State University ranks ninth in the Midwest — a region of 13 states — and 46th nationally for animation schools and colleges, according to Animation Career Review’s annual rankings. BGSU ranks 14th nationally among public school and colleges. Animation Career Review, which started its rankings in 2012, looked at more than 200 schools that offer animation or game design for this ranking. The criteria used for the rankings were academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program, and value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness and geographic location. READ MORE