Art, BA, MA, MFA

Art Department

The Art Department at the University of Dallas occupies a cluster of studios in the Haggerty Art Village:

* Ceramics Studio
* Sculpture Studio (Wood shop, metal shop, foundry)
* Printmaking Studio
* Painting Studio
* Foundations Studio 
* Digital Media Labs
* Art Gallery (1,800 sq. ft)

Located in a lush forest setting, the Art Department at the University of Dallas inspires students to create, explore and develop their craft. The Art Department faculty have extensive working experience and help students with their artistic endeavors, knowledge and techniques. UD is minutes away from Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Perot Museum of Nature and Science and more. Artistic adventure, resources and opportunities are nearby.

In the sophomore year, preferably the fall semester, the undergraduate art student has a special opportunity to participate in the University of Dallas Rome Program, enabling the student to see great museums and architecture in Rome and other art epicenters of the ancient Mediterranean world. 

Artists help maintain and develop the cultural life of a society by means of their unique expression of the basic truths of existence. The experience and practice of visual art creates an awareness of these basic truths, and especially of the imaginal and creative aspects of life, which is vital in the formation of the complete human being. Art programs at the University of Dallas therefore seek to develop the critical aesthetic faculties within the student and to nurture that knowing and judging capacity of the human spirit. Students from other academic disciplines gain breadth and insight from courses in studio art and art history, which share common ground with the other humanistic disciplines and creative arts and complement the sciences.

Undergraduate BA in Art

The department views the experience and practice of the visual arts, particularly at the undergraduate level, as an interdisciplinary pursuit. Within the art major, the five areas offered are Art History, Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture. The art student is involved in the artistic and scholarly environment of the Haggerty Art Village, with stimulation provided by independent study offerings, the presence of graduate students, and on-campus and Dallas/Fort Worth area exhibitions and collections, as well as visiting artists and lecturers. All of these construct the real environment needed for growth in the arts.

Graduate Programs in Art

The University of Dallas graduate art curriculum pairs the study of visual art from historical, theoretical and critical perspectives with disciplined studio practice in an effort to define a clear understanding of the work and its evolution. Students work with the entire graduate art faculty through independent studies, one-on-one critique sessions and group evaluations. A strong commitment and dedication to the process of creating art and sound critical thinking are characteristic of our students. 

Career Possibilities

The University of Dallas art students have moved into a variety of roles. Highlights include:

  • Art Director
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Interior Designer
  • Museum Curator
  • Art Professor
  • Fine Artist 
  • Illustrator
  • Art Conservator/Restorer
  • Art Therapist
  • Graphic Designer


Local museums, schools and companies offer job opportunities.

  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Dallas Contemporary Museum
  • Crow Museum of Asian Art
  • Frontiers of Flight Museum
  • Meadows Museum
  • Nasher Sculpture Center
  • Museum of Biblical Art
  • African American Museum
  • Perot Museum of Nature And Science


Featured Programs







Art Faculty

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Estelle Voisin Fonteneau Ph.D.

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Art History

Phone: (972) 721-5318


Office: Art History Building #103

Mihee Nahm

Mihee Nahm MFA

Assistant Professor of Painting

Phone: (972) 265-5787


Office: Painting/Printmaking Building, #204

Kelly O'Briant

Kelly O’Briant MFA

Associate Professor of Ceramics

Phone: (972) 721-5316


Office: Ceramics Building, #108

Laura Post, M.F.A.

Laura Post MFA

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Printmaking

Phone: (972) 721-5301


Office: Painting/Printmaking Building #112 W 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. / by Appointment

Philip Shore

Phillip Shore MFA

Chair, Professor of Sculpture

Phone: (972) 721-5284


Office: Sculpture Building