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.


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Art History Exhibtion Explores "Toledo Renaissance"

The Renaissance is known as a time when European culture, art, politics and the economy flourished. Toledo, Ohio, had its own Renaissance in the early 20th century and proclaimed the city as a place of promise. Students in Dr. Allie Terry-Fritsch’s “Critical Issues in Early Modern Art History" seminar this semester explored the architecture and people that shaped Toledo’s identity as a site of renewal through patronage of architecture and art inspired by the Renaissance.

The symposium, from 1 to 3 p.m. May 8 in 1101 Fine Arts Center, will feature a keynote lecture by Dr. Ted Ligabel, professor and director emeritus of Eastern Michigan University’s Historic Preservation Program, and research presentations by the students about Toledo’s “Renaissance” monuments. A reception and the opening of the exhibition in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery lobby will immediately follow the presentations.

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Faculty Senate pays tribute to School of Art

Faculty Senate presented the School of Art the 2019 Unit Recognition Award, which honors an academic or instructional service unit that makes an outstanding contribution to Bowling Green State University and recognizes the importance of faculty who work together to make a difference in the educational environment. It includes an engraved plaque and a $1,000 award. The school was honored at the Faculty Excellence Awards April 16. READ MORE

Rüedi Ray recognized for faculty mentorship

Rüedi Ray recognized for faculty mentorship

Dr. Katerina Rüedi Ray, professor of art history, has offered “wise and patient counsel” to numerous faculty members as they’ve established their professional careers. For this guidance, along with her wisdom, professionalism and commitment, Rüedi Ray was honored with the 2019 Faculty Mentor Award on April 16 at the Faculty Excellence Awards. 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