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Events in the Art Department

The Department of Art sponsors a full array of free public events at Sacramento State each year including art exhibitions by faculty, students and visiting artists, visiting scholar lectures, the Annual Student Awards Show, the Art History Symposium and the end of year Art Ball.

All of the artistic media taught in the Department of Art are represented in the Robert Else Gallery and R.W. & Joyce Witt Gallery in Kadema Hall. Most of the shows are designed and installed by Art students. Students and faculty are frequently involved in the University Union Gallery and University Library Gallery exhibitions.

Admission to events sponsored by the Department of Art is free and open to the public.

Please note: Kadema Hall will have limited access during the Spring 2022 semester due to the ongoing renovations. Thank you for your patience!

Annual Student Award Show

The Department of Art holds their annual Student Awards Show each spring, which features award, certificate, and scholarship winners. There are various scholarship & award categories, in addition to certificate of merit awards. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as all matriculated and Open University students, enrolled at Sac State during the current academic year.

For more information and to apply to the show, download and fill out the application linked below and email it to

Apply for the 2022 Awards Show!

Festival of the Arts

Each spring, the College of Arts & Letters presents a showcase of all A&L programs through a week-long celebration. The Art Department participates through workshops, visiting artists and lectures, and the Art History Symposium.

The year, the Art Department is proud to host artist, Hong Zhang, for a visiting artist lecture during the Festival of the Arts. The artist talk will be on April 20, 2022 at 4:30pm in Kadema Hall, room 145.

Find Out More About the Festival of the Arts

photo of artist, Hong Shang

Art Symposium Poster

Annual Art History Symposium

The eighteenth symposium The Transformative Power of Dress, hosted by the California State University, Sacramento Art Department, will be on Saturday, April 23rd, 10am-2pm.

With Keynote Speakers Barbara Watson Andaya, Professor of Asian Studies, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa; Tamara J. Walker, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto; Robyn Dora Radway, Assistant Professor of History, Central European University; Leslie Woodhouse, Independent Scholar and Principal, Origami Editorial.

The event is sponsored by the CSU Sacramento College of Arts and Letters , OneWorld Initiative, and The Embassy of Thailand.

Art Ball

At the end of every Spring semester, we hold a huge celebration that spans across all areas of the Art Department and all galleries on campus called Art Ball. This is a chance to honor the hard work of all our Art students at once before we leave for summer break.

This year, instead of being on campus, Art Ball has gone virtual so that the artwork can be viewed from the safety of your own home. Please watch the new virtual Art Ball presentation on YouTube and enjoy the incredible work our students have created this year!

Watch the 2021 Art Ball on YouTube!

Students can apply for shows in the Witt Gallery. There are several professional exhibits each year in the Else Gallery. Proposals for the Witt and Else Gallery are accepted each spring semester by the Gallery Committee for consideration for the following academic year. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now closed. Thank you for applying!