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The mission of the Department of Art at MSU Denver is to provide a challenging and supportive learning environment for students who aspire to professional practice in visual art, art education, art history, and design.


To achieve this mission, we:

•  Encourage critical thinking through examination and analysis of contemporary and historical modes of cultural production;

•  Guide students in expressing their own creative visions through practice-based research in traditional and contemporary media;

•  Value and respect the transformative power of creative expression;

•  Strive to produce distinctive, significant, and thought-provoking art, design, and research in diverse disciplines;

•  Embrace social and cultural diversity to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect;

•  Engage in the cultural life of our communities, providing students opportunities for personal growth and professional development;

•  Deliver unique art education to Denver and the surrounding communities through programming and exhibitions at the Center for Visual Art and on the Auraria Campus.

Work by Student Artist Mikaela Nunnally
Work by Student Artist Mikaela Nunnally

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