Chairperson: Margaret Doell, M.F.A.
Email: mjdoell AT adams DOT edu
Telephone: (719) 587-7823    
Professor(s): Margaret Doell, M.F.A., Dana Provence, M.F.A.; Eugene Schilling, M.F.A.   
Assoc. Professor(s): Roger Eriksen, M.F.A.;    
Asst. Professor(s): Jennifer Gawronski, M.F.A.; Claire van der Plas, M.F.A.; O. Gustavo Plascencia, M.F.A.   

Art has the ability to provoke, evoke, stimulate and inspire. The Art Department uses this statement as the basis of its mission. The art programs are designed to develop in students the breadth of understanding necessary to explore new ideas and challenge convention. Its mission is to enable students to create the greatest art of all: art that makes a difference.

The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers as professional artists, designers, and art educators. All students taking art classes, both majors and non-majors, are challenged to think and solve problems creatively, to develop their ability to communicate through visual, oral and written languages, and to understand the role of the visual arts in multiple cultures and its relationship to past and present theory. A major in art may also be attractive to students who do not know precisely which career they wish to pursue after graduation. A well-rounded liberal arts program provides many opportunities for students able to benefit from a small department devoted to the development of the individual and to academic excellence.

More information about the art programs, facilities, faculty and the Art Department galleries is available at


Master of Arts in Art

The Master of Arts in Art is the only program of its kind offered in southern Colorado. As such, this program serves students from Colorado, its bordering states, and occasionally more distant regions. The Master of Arts in Art is housed in the Department of Art at Adams State University. The program serves to benefit the artist who seeks a higher level of competency. It also serves the art educator as a resource for professional growth. The graduate program provides a forum for art education issues through interaction with other professional art educators. In addition, the graduate program serves the practicing artist in his or her endeavor to elevate individual artistic experience to a higher plane. Finally, the graduate program serves as a model for the undergraduate student to observe and understand the professional level of competency attained through the graduate experience.

Concentrations are available in ceramics, drawing, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

Bachelor of Arts in Art Education (K-12)
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (Studio Art)

with the following emphases:

  • art history
  • ceramics
  • drawing
  • metals/jewelry
  • painting
  • design
  • photography
  • printmaking
  • sculpture

Bachelor of Fine Arts

with majors available in:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Metals/Jewelry
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Associate of Arts in Art (Studio)
Minor in Art
Art Emphasis for Elementary Education Licensure