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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!


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…

That’s a Wrap!

Photo by: Amber Lane

Photo by: Amber Lane

Introduction to Digital Photography is over until next summer. Five weeks go by in a blink. Be sure to make plans now to sign up for next summer 1 session! In the meantime, check out these photos from the latest two projects after the jump…

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UAFS Design Student Brooke Cagle Wins National Addy

Brooke Cagle

What started as a class project ended with national recognition when former University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Brooke Cagle received a silver National Student ADDY Award for a board game she designed.

Hipstafy, a parodic hipster board game Cagle created in her package design class, won gold awards at the local and regional ADDY Awards ceremonies before moving onto the national ceremony held May 31 in Boca Raton, Fla. Cagle is just the third UAFS student to win an ADDY award at the national level.

“Hipstafy is a trivia game about the music, fashion and lifestyle of the hipster culture,” said Cagle, who graduated from Greenwood High School in 2008. “It’s an amazing thing to be able to design such an intricate production piece and have others acknowledge the hard work put into it.”

Cagle, who also worked as a graphic design intern in the UAFS Marketing and Communications Office, cited the artistic freedom of her classes at the University as a key to her success. Continue reading…