Student Work


Hello, and welcome to the Art Department Website at the University of Arkansas — Fort Smith. This site has been built as a resource for new and current students in Studio Art and Graphic Design at UAFS. You can easily find classes in your discipline, look at course descriptions, find educational resources, discover what's new in your area of study and more. Take a moment, if you have not done so, and connect to our Facebook page so you can stay on top of the latest alerts and announcements. If you need any help, our faculty are here for you. Contact us with your questions, we are ready to help you. We look forward to seeing you in the studio!


Get Moving

The students in the Motion Design class at UAFS have just completed their second project. The challenge was to take an existing brand and create an engaging animation that fit into the current brand space of the company. They are definitely making good progress in the class.

Taking It Slow

Crystal Bridges

Sophie Vincent with Mary Cassatt’s Summertime (1894)

Art History students enrolled in American Art purposely decelerated on Saturday, September 13th during a visit to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. For 75-90 minutes, students stood (and sat) in front of a single work of art that will be the focus of their research papers this semester. Yes! That’s over an hour in front of one painting! “Part of the method in the madness is to fully experience a work of art in the original—the quality of the paint, the discovery of tiny elements that disappear in a reproduction, the tangibility of a painting’s surface,” commented Dr. Mary B. Shepard, who teaches American Art. “The other part of the process is to detach from electronic media and time pressures and to learn to really look at a work of art—and in the process, begin to see. It’s called ‘Slow-Looking.’” Continue reading…

The New Visual Arts Building at UAFS

Building Construction 1

If you haven’t driven by campus in the last few months you may have missed our brand new building springing up on the corner of Waldron and Kinkead! Due to be completed by Fall 2015, the new visual art building will be home to Graphic Design, Studio Art, Printmaking, Book Arts, Photography, Painting, Drawing and much more.

Charles K. Steiner Retrospective Exhibit is Living Large at the Blue Lion

Steiner Blue Lion Exhibition Invitation

The Chancellor’s Coalition for the Visual Arts and UAFS Season of Entertainment invite you to a reception for the new exhibit featuring: Retrospective, by Charles K. Steiner. Thursday, August, 28, 2014 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown 101 N. Second Street.

No real lions and no pictures of lions! But lion-sized paintings, or almost lion-sized paintings by University of Arkansas, Fort Smith Adjunct Faculty member Charles K. Steiner are on exhibition at the University’s event center, The Blue Lion, through October 27, 2014. The art varies in subject matter from abstract to representational, from bison to gardenscapes. Most of the paintings on exhibition measure 66”x 56”, at least as tall as real lions but perhaps not as long. Steiner says he paints on such a large scale because he believes “walls are made to hold paintings.” Continue reading…