• Programs in the Department of Art
  • Partnerships in the Community
  • The Robert Else and R.W. Witt Galleries

Welcome to the Department of Art

Carolyn Gibbs, Department of Art Chair

Through our courses, exhibitions, lectures and public programs, the Department of Art at Sacramento State introduces students and members of the local community to the expressive world of the fine arts.

Department Chair, Carolyn Gibbs

Important Dates and Deadlines

January 1 Start applying for scholarships through Academic Works

January 22 Spring 2019 Instruction Begins

February 15 Deadline to submit Awards Show & Scholarship applications

March 15 Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon @ Sac State

April 3 Annual Student Awards Show reception, Else Gallery, 5:30 p.m.

April 18 Student Symposium, Forest & Orchard Suite, Univ. Union, 11-12 p.m.

April 18 Keynote Speaker, Eric Adjetey Anang, Cottonwood Suite, Univ. Union, 12-1:30 p.m.

Art Sculpture Lab Hours

Summer & Winter Terms
FOB Access Only

Fall & Spring Terms
7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Open Access
7 p.m. - Midnight FOB Access Only
Midnight - 6:59 a.m. Closed

7 a.m. - Midnight FOB Access Only
Midnight - 7:59 a.m. (Sat.) Closed

8 a.m. - 6 p.m. FOB Access Only
6 p.m. - 7:59 a.m. (Sun.) Closed for maintenance.

8 a.m. - 10 p.m. FOB Access Only
10 p.m. - 6:59 (Mon.) Closed


Academic Programs

The Department of Art offers a wide range of courses in Art EducationArt History and Studio Art. Studio experiences develop the creative and artistic skills necessary for mastery of established styles and for exploration of new ones. Art history classes provide an appreciation for and an understanding of our visual cultural heritage within a historical context. Courses in art education provide an understanding of the behavioral aspects of art, with regard to the creator, the viewer and the developing person. Sacramento State is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 

Why study here? Find out more about the Department of Art from the University Catalog. 

Academic Facilities

The Department of Art maintains three studio and lecture facilities and three galleries. Sculpture, drawing and painting are taught at the Art Sculpture Lab. Art education, art history, drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing and printmaking are taught at Kadema Hall. New media art is taught in Mariposa Hall. Our two galleries are located in Kadema Hall. The Robert Else Gallery is designed for professional exhibitions and the R.W. Witt Gallery is used for exhibitions by Sacramento State students. The Library Gallery located in the University Library stages major art exhibitions and public events including the annual Art History Symposium. We also host visiting artists and art historians throughout the academic year.

Call for Paper Proposals

In and Out of Time: Global Perspectives on Time in Art History

Submission deadline: January 18, 2019

Keynote speaker: Prita Meier, Associate Professor of Art History, New York University
Publications include Swahili Port Cities: The Architecture of Elsewhere; African Art and the Shape of Time; and World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts across the Indian Ocean

We seek papers that expand and complicate the discipline’s foundational conception of time - the imperial time of Eurocentric normativity – towards a comprehension of multiple perceptions and social organizations of time and their interactions. Can a global art history be written in an inclusive way that comprehends how visual cultures have conceived of the passage of time, history, and memory differently? Topics might include (but are not limited to) art and architecture that involve a layering of temporalities, timekeeping, calendars, and clocks; art and religious conceptions of time; creation myths and the “beginning of time”; the politics of collective memorials; race and time; and time as form and content in film, video, and performance art.

Please send:

(1)        A 300-word proposal for a 30-minute illustrated talk

(2)        A short biographical statement (one paragraph)

(3)        Full contact information

Send all three items as e-mail attachments to eobrien@csus.edu by January 18, 2019.

Please address questions about the symposium to Elaine O’Brien (eobrien@csus.edu).

Quick Facts

Undergraduate Art Students: approx. 250
Graduate Art Students: 8-13
Art Minors: 28
Studio Art Areas of Emphasis: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, New Media Art, Printmaking, and Sculpture
Artworks in the Sacramento Art Department Art Collection: +400
Lassen Hall exterior with Royal Chicano Air Force mural and turkey

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