• 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

August 27 Fall instruction begins; R.W. Witt Gallery opens

September 3 Campus Closed Labor Day

September 4 Robert Else Gallery opens

Art Sculpture Lab Hours

Summer Term
May 29 - August 27
FOB Access Only

Fall Term
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.

Sacramento State Wood-Fire Process 

This communication is to provide notice that the Department of Art will be using its low- emission, wood-fired kiln on campus Tuesday, October 23, through Friday, October 26. The kiln, commonly referred to as the “smokeless kiln,” was designed by Japanese ceramic artist Masakazu Kusakabe. This kiln facilitates a wood-fired process that allows students to create unique effects on ceramic pieces by letting the wood ash melt onto the ceramic ware, as well as allowing flames to pass through the work.

This process serves significant pedagogical and creative purposes. Using the kiln is a labor- intensive process, requiring students to work together and develop an understanding of the elaborate wood-firing process. The availability of this kiln helps to distinguish Sacramento State’s ceramics program. The Department of Art is open to visits and questions from students, faculty, and staff interested in learning more about the process. You may contact the department office at 278-6166.

If you have environmental or safety questions, please contact Bob Hitomi in Environmental Health and Safety at 278-5174 or hitomib@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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