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.


MFA Thesis Exhibition: April 14 - 30, 2022. Opening Thurs, April 14 at 7pm. Closed Sunday, April 17

MFA Thesis Exhibition

April 11th - April 30th

Opening Thursday, April 14th at 7pm

The School of Art is proud to honor and host the work of our graduating MFA students! The show features the work of Audrey Aronson, Kolton Lucius Sizer, Crystalyn Hutchens, Amanda Spinosa, Benjamin Rosales, Michaela Westra, Mike Rutkowski, and Isabel Zeng. Congratulations to our talented exhibitors!

You can view the virtual show here

News and Stories

Image of Dr. Ellen Schendel with a Welcome sign next to her.

Welcome the New School of Art Dean, Dr. Ellen Schendel!

Welcome, Dr. Ellen Schendel, our next dean of the #BGSU College of Arts and Sciences! With her leadership, our graduates will go on to think critically across disciplines, address challenges and seize opportunities for the public good in Ohio and beyond.

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Students working on the parklets.

2022 Parklets are Up and Running!

The first parklets of the 2022 season will be installed on April 15th in front of Grounds for Thought, Juniper Brewing Company/Waddington Jewelers, and Kabob It! The parklets have been built by Ellen Fure Smith, local artist and owner of Little Bare Furniture, with students, faculty and staff in the School of Art’s Integrated Studio. It's so exciting that the School of Art could assist the city with this project, we can't wait to see folks enjoying the warm weather and local businesses with these parklets!

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"Word and Image Minor" text over an image of a student and teacher in the print lab.

New Word and Image Minor now Available!

Jointly offered by the Department of English and the School of Art, the Word and Image minor is an academic option for any student interested in exploring the intersection between writing and the visual arts through the making of graphic novels, comics, picture books, photo books, video games, and illustrations!

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Updated: 04/15/2022 10:54AM