UCR’s Art Department offers a broad spectrum of classes spanning both traditional art disciplines such as painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture, and newer disciplines such as inter-media, and video and digital art, as well as art theory. Art majors develop individual programs of study in consultation with their advisor to match their personal needs and interests, Considerable flexibility in the order in which courses are taken adds to the personalization of studies. Art majors have ample opportunity to perfect their technical abilities, while at the same time developing conceptual skills. They learn how to read and interpret images, and, through analysis of historical movements, they explore and understand their own artistic values and motivations. They gradually move from learning how to use different media into taking a position about their own work.
Among the Art Department’s distinguished faculty are: Anna Betbeze, M.F.A.; John M. Divola, M.F.A.; Jim Isermann, M.F.A.; Brandon Lattu, M.F.A.; Charles Long, M.F.A.; Lynne Marsh, M.F.A; Yunhee Min, M.F.A.; Amir Zaki, M.F.A. Faculty members are active professional artists who have gained wide recognition in their fields and for their teaching. Four faculty members have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, five have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships, and all exhibit at international museums and galleries, including the Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Each year the Department also attracts internationally known visiting artists and scholars who come to UCR to conduct special workshops, seminars, and lectures. Recent presentations have spanned the broad field of art, including sculpture, film, painting, photography, digital art, video, performance, mixed media, installation, curating, and art criticism.
The Art major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The Art Department also offers an approved subject matter preparation program for the Multiple Subject teaching credential. Students who complete such a program are exempt from subject matter examinations when applying for a teaching credential program.