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.


Text over decorative background. Text: Destroy the Gap; What's Expected; What's Possible

Opening: May 12, 2023, 5-7pm

Exhibition: May 12–June 4, 2023


DESTROY THE GAP is an exhibition of 23 contemporary designers and artists engaging in disability discourse through aesthetics. This exhibition reveals the gaping abyss between the lived experience of disabled people and the lagging expectations of the not-yet-disabled. Coinciding with the UCDA Design Education Summit: SAME/DIFFERENCE, DESTROY THE GAP continues the mission of exploring accessibility, disability justice, belonging, and inclusivity.

All exhibitors identify as disabled, care workers, or allies, who will showcase artworks displaying disability justice, lived experiences, radical futures, and beloved community. Creators like Jen White Johnson, Chanika Svetvilas, and Rebirth Garments will exhibit a multitude of mediums from video to fashion to fiber. 

Opening Friday, May 12th from 5-7 pm in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, this free-
to-the-public event will be available to experience until June 4, 2023.

“I'm not a patient person, but I'm willing to take the long view 
 when I have to. We're making things better by doing the work 
 of gathering the data we need, which will eventually make 
 things more accessible. We will eventually change lives, 
and we will eventually destroy the gap.”

—Sheri Wells-Jensen after her first parabolic flight with other disabled researchers for AstroAccess

DESTROY THE GAP is wheelchair/mobility-aid accessible. Artist statements and artwork information will be available in large-print 
and braille variations at the exhibit. Please indicate if you need additional special services, assistance or appropriate modifications 
to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at or 419-372-8495. Please notify us prior to the event.


Graphic Design USA’s 2023 Students To Watch!

The Division of Graphic Design is proud to announce: MDes Graduate Student, Lindsy Buser, and Graphic Design Undergraduate Student, Eddie Santiago were selected as Graphic Design USA’s 2023 Students To Watch! Please help us the division congratulate these two standout students.

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Rose Brookhart – Vice President

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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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Olivia Francese – NASA

BGSU Senior Olivia Francese discusses 3D modeling and her experience interning for NASA

The science, technology and engineering marvels enabling all of NASA’s missions, along with the data collected, are often complex and difficult to understand. As a result, digital art has become an essential tool in communicating more broadly to the general public the work at NASA and its wide-ranging impact on society. Olivia Francese, a senior at the University, is a 3D modeling intern in the virtual reality Graphics and Visualization Lab (GVIS) at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Her work has played an integral part in that endeavor, and her digital creations represent the University on a global stage. Read more about Olivia and two BGSU alumnae's roles at NASA

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Updated: 05/01/2023 10:35PM