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2016-17 Catalog 
2016-17 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



AB 117

Deborah Rosenberg

Chair, Creative Arts




Professor Associate Professor Senior Instructor 1 Adjunct Professor Emeritus Professor
Cody Bustamante David Bithell Jennifer Longshore Rene Allen Marlene  Alt
Miles Inada Robin Strangfeld   Scott Malbaurn Don Kay
Erika Leppmann     Summer Ventis Betty LaDuke
Margaret Sjogren       Greer Markle
        Lyle Matoush


The Art program is committed to professional art training within the context of a liberal arts education. The program is an essential part of SOU’s mission to prepare students for an active life as perceptive, creative, and conscientious citizens and professionals. Art students are interested in investigating, developing, and refining their understanding of artistic production, theory, and history within the dynamic intellectual atmosphere of The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University.


The studio-intensive program centered on faculty mentorship and collaboration amongst the student cohort, the Art major is designed for students wanting to become creative arts professionals. The curriculum puts students in the studio from their first day on campus and centers on five areas:

  • Creative process
  • Technique
  • Professional goals
  • Theory and history of visual culture
  • Daily studio practice

Committed to a rigorous and interdisciplinary approach, the Art program challenges students to be innovative and responsible leaders in the field.


Headed by a faculty of professional artists and scholars that exhibit and present work nationally and internationally, we integrate a strong grounding in contemporary art with historical and interdisciplinary approaches to visual media and culture. We share a commitment to preparing new generations of arts professionals through hands-on instruction, encouraging risk-taking, intellectual curiosity, and imaginative problem solving. We work in close collaboration with SOU’s pioneering Emerging Media & Digital Arts program, encouraging the interplay of ideas at the intersection of the fine arts, digital technology, and a variety of emerging new media.


The Center for the Visual Arts invites participation in a variety of innovative programs, projects, and exhibitions throughout the year. Students actively investigate artistic concepts and techniques with the support of spacious, well-equipped facilities. Classroom studios support a diverse range of media and student-run galleries provide the opportunity to develop practical skills involving arts exhibition, preparation, curating, and marketing.

International Study At The University of Guanajuato Department of Visual Arts

The Art program encourages international study experiences in the Department of Art at our sister institution, the University of Guanajuato, Guanajuato Mexico. Their art programs offer a comprehensive and complementary fine art curriculum, in addition to providing an actively engaged contemporary art community in the culturally and historically rich city of Guanajuato, Mexico. Contact Professor Cody A. Bustamante for more information.

Teacher Licensing/Art Endorsement

Students who would like to teach Art at the middle or high school level should schedule an advising session with the Art Education instructor and contact the Education program regarding admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching program (MAT).

Students are advised to begin their planning during their junior year to assure that they will have completed all the prerequisite course work as well as documented volunteer experiences working with youth. A list of prerequisite courses is available in the Art Program Office, along with contact information for the Art Education instructor.

Degree Options

BA or BS in Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

Program Requirements






Museum Studies

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