Art and Art History

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.F.A. in Art
  • M.A. in Art History


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

M.F.A. Areas of Study
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
M.A. Specializations
  • 19th Century Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Great Plains Studies
  • Women's and Gender Studies
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Contacts for Art and Art History

Art History Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Dr. Marissa Vigneault


Studio Art Graduate Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Ingraham


Campus Address

120 Richards Hall

Lincoln NE 68588-0114

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Art and Art History in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): MA Art History only: GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • MA Art History only: Writing sample, Curriculum Vitae
  • MFA Studio Art only: Portfolio with list of slides (See departmental instructions for details.)

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Art and Art History
Fall: February 1


The Department of Art offers an M.F.A. in studio art and M.A. in art history. M.F.A. candidates may focus their study in one or a combination of the following studio areas: ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Each graduate student is provided a shared workspace as well as access to general work areas, a computer lab, and a well-equipped wood shop.

A resource that enriches the artistic climate of the department is the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, which houses one of the finest university collections of 20th Century American art. In addition, the Lentz Center for Asian Culture, the Great Plains Art Collection, and the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery offer many visiting exhibitions and lectures.

Faculty and research

Stacy Asher
Graphic Design
Margaret Bohls
Andrea Bolland
Italian Renaissance Art; Italian Baroque Art; Early Modern Literature on the Arts
Santiago Cal
Eddie Dominguez
Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture; The Visual Relationship of Symbols, Imagery and Techniques Relating to Social Issues of Emotion; Ethnicity and Gender
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Edward Forde
Visual Culture; Art Interventions; Neo-Western Art
Dana Fritz
Michael Hoff
Ancient Art and Archaeology
Aaron Holz
Elizabeth Ingraham
Textiles and Material Culture; Mapping and the Construction of a Sense of Place;
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Wendy Katz
17th to 20th-Century American Art; 17th-Century Anglo-American Portraits; 19th Century Landscape; Genre Painting; Sculpture; African-American Art
Karen Kunc
Mo Neal
Sculpture; Drawing
Walker Pickering
Peter Pinnell
Philip Sapirstein
Art History; Greco-Roman Art and Architecture; Digital Humanities
Matthew Sontheimer
Francisco Souto
Alison Stewart
Medieval and Northern Renaissance Art
Aaron Sutherlen
Graphic Design
Colleen Syron
Graphic Design; Branding; Interactive; Strategy
Marissa Vigneault
Art History
Sandra Williams
Mixed Media; The Animal in Art and Aesthetics; Art and Well Being

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