Weber State University
Department of Visual Art & Design – Studios 33-36
Weber State University has expanded its Department of Visual Art and Design (DOVAD) into The Monarch’s Creative Studios, giving the university’s art and design program more visibility in central Ogden while contributing to The Monarch’s creative atmosphere. The BFA students, whose disciplines range from painting and sculpture to photography, design and even art education, occupy a shared space in The Monarch’s west studios under the guidance of local artists and professors Matthew Choberka and Paul Crow. The motivation is to provide students with the proper space they need to prepare a body of work for their thesis exhibition at the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, the culmination of their undergraduate art studies.
With dedicated faculty members actively contributing to their fields, the largest contemporary student gallery in the state, and the Lindquist College’s renewed emphasis on connecting the arts and humanities to 21st-century careers, WSU’s Visual Art & Design program is growing rapidly and with commendable strength. The program is committed to equipping students with the creative skills they need in today’s job market – whether in the arts or other creative careers – while exposing them to contemporary art practices through international artist lectures and exhibitions, and visits to art destinations such as the Venice Biennale. As the Dean of the Lindquist College of the Arts & Humanities, Scott Sprenger, noted, “Establishing professional experiences in off-campus studios at The Monarch is just another step in fulfilling our commitment to aligning student learning to career opportunity and to our mission to support the local community.”
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