Art and Art History

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MFA in Art
  • MA in Art History with optional specialization:
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

M.F.A. Areas of Study
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Art History Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Dr. Marissa Vigneault

Studio Art Graduate Chair
Dr. Elizabeth Ingraham

Campus Address
120 Richards Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0114

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Art and Art History

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these 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
  • February 1 for Fall.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.


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.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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Stacy Asher

Graphic Design

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

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;

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


Philip Sapirstein

Art History; Greco-Roman Art and Architecture; Digital Humanities

Francisco Souto


Alison Stewart

Medieval and Northern Renaissance Art

Aaron Sutherlen

Graphic Design

Colleen Syron

Graphic Design; Branding; Interactive; Strategy

Sandra Williams

Mixed Media; The Animal in Art and Aesthetics; Art and Well Being

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For additional details check out the dept./program website: Art and Art History.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Stacy Dam.