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Department of Art


Students committed to artistic expression through drawing are encouraged to consider graduate study at Kansas State University.  As a major discipline, Drawing is interpreted within a wide range of stylistic approaches and media.  An annual visiting artist program enriches the graduate learning environment by bringing noted artists, art historians and art critics to campus each semester.  Visiting Artists in Drawing have included such prominent artists as Ed Smith and Christine Hiebert.

Mentoring in professional practice and the potential for graduate teaching assistantships further support development.   A final, solo thesis exhibition is the culmination of the program, providing the opportunity to present a robust and cohesive body of personal work.


The Drawing Area’s studio classrooms occupy nearly 4,000 sq. ft. in Willard Hall, and accommodate working in a wide range of media.  Additional, private studio space is provided for Drawing Graduate Students in Willard Hall.

The Department of Art has fully equipped studio and wood shop facilities.  The newly renovated Willard Hall also includes the beautiful Mark A. Chapman Gallery where most MFA candidates have their solo thesis exhibitions.  In addition, students have access to the university’s library collections and Media Development Center for lab use, equipment checkout, technical training and instructional design support.

Yue Chen 



Graduate Faculty

Kevin Bernstein
Associate Professor
Office: Willard 119
Nancy Morrow
Associate Professor
Office: Willard 311
Teresa Tempero Schmidt
Office: Willard 223
Jason Scuilla
Office: Willard 321
Erin Wiersma
Associate Professor
Area Coordinator
Office: Willard 224