Department of Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Program prepares students for future careers in the arts with an interdisciplinary spirit and a global perspective

Visual Arts Department Mission

The Visual Arts Department prepares students to express effectively through visual communication, ideas, opinions, and impressions about personal, societal and aesthetic aspects of the lived experience. Diversity, equity and social justice are central to our program which honors all individuals' identities, cultures and communities. Interdisciplinary exploration within and outside the Visual Arts is critical to the art-making process and is an essential aspect of the program. An education in the Arts develops creativity and problem-solving abilities and is a powerful preparation for all professional careers. Study in Visual Arts culminates in the creation of a developed body of work that reflects the expression of each individual student’s personal areas of interest.

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Degree Offerings

We offer major and minor degree programs for Visual Arts. Depending on the student's educational and career goals, Roger Williams University offers a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

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Student artwork "pantyhose"

Student Work

Our students create work that is original, fresh, and, of course, creative. Whether it's in video, photography, printmaking or any other media, the work students produce is an exploration of their own individual aims and interests.

Image of the interior of "the muffin" focused on ceiling and windows of classroom space

Visual Arts Facilities

Visual Arts students work in several specialized spaces across campus.

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Visual arts classroom

Faculty and Staff

The Visual Arts faculty consists of active artists who share their experiences with students through lively and challenging discussions and critiques.

Meet The Faculty and Staff

Roger Williams University Visual Arts Department Visiting Artists Spring 2022

Andrew Raftery Handmade Wallpapers

Andrew Raftery

Wallpaper as Art: Decoration and Content
Wednesday, February 23 at 6 pm

SAAHP Lecture Hall 132

Andrew Raftery, Professor of Printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, will discuss his research into historic woodblock printed wallpapers and show examples of his own exploration of printed patterns as independent works of art and as walk-in prints installed in his home. 

Andrew Raftery Handmade Wallpapers
mural by Mary Beth Meehan

Mary Beth Meehan

Wednesday, March 30 at 6 pm

GHH G01 lecture hall.

Mary Beth Meehan Art

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