Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans provides a unique and engaging educational experience to all of our students. We offer small studio class settings that blend technical instruction with individual creative freedom. A wide range of instruction in both traditional and media arts allows students to explore interdisciplinary art practice that reflects modern artistic trends in art and industry. We encourage the development of your unique visual language, and help you frame it with art history and visual cultural references. With a combination of theory and practice you will find yourself prepared for the rigors of the ever-expanding arts industry.
With large studio facilities and access to the necessary technology, Fine Arts students have the freedom and engagement to make just about anything a reality. Art students have access to a fully equipped animation studio offering all the latest image editing software. We offer a printmaking and darkroom facility that allow us to do a wide range of technical image making processes. Our sculpture fabrication facility provides both metal and wood working tools. Our facilities allow us to offer unique classes dedicated to exploration and experimentation that are meant to get students creating faster and with confidence.
Graduates of our program include internationally known artists such as Wayne Gonzales, Peter Halley, Lucky de Bellevue, Dan Tague, and more. The Fine Arts department runs a professional gallery space in New Orleans. The gallery has featured national and internationally recognized artists and brings in exhibitions that help our students understand contemporary art in a broader context. The on-campus gallery allows students access to an exhibition space that allows our students to develop a real sense of community with each other and the larger local arts community.
We promote our students through exhibition and professional learning opportunities for the greatest chance of success. Classes in professional practice bring students to various sites and organizations, like Antenna Gallery and Prospect New Orleans. Internship courses place students in institutions like New Orleans Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center, and with Prospect New Orleans. These opportunities give students an advantage in the professional art world by introducing them to employers and showcasing their talents in a multitude of situations.
The University of New Orleans, School of the Arts, is the only local university to maintain an off-campus art gallery. Situated in the St. Claude Arts District, it is in a unique position of community outreach to its neighborhood, as well as other institutions and organizations in the fields of the arts. Its mission is to advance “shared knowledge” and add to our region’s “culture and economy.” As a non-profit academic resource, the gallery culturally enriches the metropolitan area with presentation of contemporary visual arts. It represents the visual arts at UNO to the city and to its peer institutions.