Department of Art

The Department of Art offers two baccalaureate programs, leading to either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Art, or the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree. An Art minor is also available.

The Department of Art

The Department of Art offered its first classes on the same day that the University of West Florida opened its doors, September 25, 1967. Dr. John Carey, chair of the Art Department, recruited faculty from the best art programs across the country. Classes included only juniors, seniors, and graduate students until the Fall of 1983, when the University first admitted its freshmen. Today, the Department of Art is housed in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Building 82), along with the Departments of Music and Theatre. Dr. Barbara Larson currently serves as the department chair. 

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Art!

We have a vibrant community of more than 200 students and a distinguished faculty passionate about teaching.  Majors in the Art Department earn B.F.A.s in the studio arts, graphic design, or digital art and B.A.s in art history or studio art.  Classes in museum studies and gallery practices are offered on a regular basis. ... Read more from Dr. Barbara Larson, Department of Art chair

UWF Arts News


The Art Gallery at UWF (TAG) features an annual series of revolving exhibitions that highlight student work as well as regional, national, and international artists. Visit TAG online. 

The Art Gallery at UWF 



UWF's Art Museum, the Pensacola Museum of Art, features regional and international exhibitions. Students have the opportunity to do internships on museum education, curation, and exhibition installation as well as give gallery talks and work as docents. On occasion the museum features student art exhibtions. For more information go to:

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T.J Grier, a senior graphic design major, won silver for his “Fly” food truck rebranding project. Image c/o Grier.

Student Feature

UWF students take home Gold, Silver ADDY awards from local, district competitions

University of West Florida student T.J. Grier recently won a Student Silver ADDY Award in Elements of Advertising: Still Photography category at the 2017 American Advertising Federation Fourth District American Advertising Awards in Miami.

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Josh Green on UWF and after, including his Summer Artists in Residence and Figure Drawing Workshops. 

How Anatomy Informs Figurative Art
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Faculty and guest artists featured work in the STEAM2017 art exhibition.


STEAM2107 Colloquium Explored Integration of Arts and Sciences 

The Department of Art hosted STEAM2017, a month-long program of lectures, workshops and talks with artists and scientists, colloquium and an art exhibition. 

STEAM2017 explored how art adds to the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math to examine issues related to the environment. Read more about the STEAM2017 Colloquium at the UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity.