Art, Art History, and Design

Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Art History Graduate Admissions Contact
Dr. Wendy Katz

Studio Art Graduate Chair
Dr. Pete Pinnell

Campus Address
120 Richards Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0114

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Art, Art History, and Design

  • 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, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Art, Art History, and Design
  • February 1 for Fall.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


The School of Art, Art History, and Design 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.

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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


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; Integration of the Digital (Pixels and Code) with the Digital (the Work of the Hand)Emeritus

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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Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.