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Department of Art Newsletter


Columbus State University's Department of Art received word recently that its new B.A. in Art degree program has been approved for accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The department will begin enrolling students into the new degree this fall.

"Developing a B.A. in Art degree was a central recommendation of our department's Curriculum Committee led by Professor Rylan Steele, and the Comprehensive Program Review process. The BA in Art has been a major goal of the department since 2014. Achieving this [accreditation] milestone for our newest degree enhances our department's standing within a peer group of the top art and design programs nationally. Now, all six of our programs are accredited at the highest possible national standard," said Joe Sanders, CSU's Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Chair of Art.

The B.A. in Art degree was the original art degree at C.S.U. It was deactivated many years ago when the B.F.A. program began. The B.A. in Art program will support the University System of Georgia, Board of Regents' initiative to increase student success by boosting retention, progression and graduation (RPG) rates throughout the university system. This new degree track will prioritize an inclusive and broad educational approach emphasizing college completion. A new Visual Communication Certificate is also launching this summer through collaboration between the Departments of Art and Communication.

The B.A. in Art degree is designed to provide students with a program that emphasizes a balance of studio art and liberal arts study. An important benefit will be a high quality, flexible path to graduation for incoming freshman, non-traditional students such as members of our military community, students who change undergraduate majors, and students that transfer from two-year degree programs.

This new liberal arts degree track will complement and support the art department's current undergraduate degree programs, which include three professional tracks: a B.F.A. in Studio Art, a B.S.Ed. in Art Education, and the B.A. in Art History. The inclusion of a B.A. in Art will create a more fully comprehensive Department of Art.

One of the key components that distinguish the B.A. from the B.F.A. is the structure of the existing B.F.A. program requiring a highly focused professional curriculum with areas of concentration, and regular portfolio reviews that govern progression toward the BFA Thesis Exhibition. The department expects the B.A. in Art will play an immediate and important role in student recruiting and retention.


Department of Art Achievement

Faculty Achievements:

Professor Rylan Steele was profiled in Slate magazine.

Professor Hannah Israel was awarded The Line & Chance Focus Fellowship, which is awarded to an artist using drawing as a dynamic medium for experimentation. The award is funded by the ICU Fund, Community Foundation of Atlanta

Student Achievements:

Julianna Wells was accepted to the New York Academy of Art 2016 Summer Residency Program. The New York Academy of Art holds a unique, month-long Summer Residency Program for talented undergraduates. Acceptance to the Summer Residency is competitive and based on portfolio review.


The Art Club created Bridging the Gap , a mural project on main campus. This project was lead by Ashley Colbert, who after hundreds of emails, 8 months of discussions, follow ups, and meetings still managed to get Sherman Williams to donate all the paint and found support from the SGA with the help of her peers to fund the project. Art Club President Chris Gass also led the project. Other contributing creative ideas and hard work were Hailey Mattwig, Julianna Wells, Jordyn Braaten, Ashley Clark, Gazzi Holloway, Kayla Staubitz, Rachel Short and Ernesto Lopez.

Brianna Wright won Third Place for her "Untitled" woodblock print at the 2016 Peach Belt Conference Art Exhibition. Brianna was nominated by Professor Libby McFalls to participate in this exhibition. Along with this recognition she is also awarded a cash price.