Art & Design

Visual Arts


From the early years the department was a vibrant locus for innovation, interdisciplinary inquiry, and critical reflection. Artists on the faculty at that time included Allan Kaprow, Geoffrey Hendricks, Robert Watts and Carolee Schneemann, all instrumental figures in the Fluxus movement which is known for upending rules and blurring boundaries between disciplines. The department’s open approach included the founding of the first MFA program that was not discipline specific. These roots continue to influence experimental approaches in Art & Design.

The BFA in Visual Arts offers concentrations in drawing, media, painting, photography, print, and sculpture. Students may also opt to pursue a BA in Art or Art Minor.



Students explore drawing as a discipline with its own history, traditions, and materials, as well as one where boundaries are fluid enough to include the diverse media and conceptual approaches embraced in contemporary practice. Emphasis is placed on students developing personal visual languages with which to explore their interests and goals as artists in the 21st century. 

Drawing Faculty
Julie Langsam
Associate Professor
Art & Design


Through creative exploration of video, audio, animation, interactivity, and art for the web as well as installation and performance, students in the media program develop a strong foundation in technical proficiency in the context of historical and theoretical research in technology, art, and contemporary culture. Media graduates will be able to enter a diversity of professional fields as they maximize their artistic potential and become creative problem solvers.

Media Faculty
Natalie Bookchin
Art & Design
Steffani Jemison
Associate Professor
Art & Design


The painting curriculum is structured around a deep and rigorous engagement with the practice of painting. Students are challenged to explore the interwoven historical, material, formal, and conceptual aspects of the medium. Drawing on a range of technical approaches and historical models, including its relationship to other art forms, students are immersed in painting culture to develop and strengthen their individual artistic voices.

Painting Faculty
Marc Handelman
Department Chair, Associate Professor
Art & Design
Hanneline Røgeberg
Art & Design
Stephen Westfall
Undergraduate Director, Professor
Art & Design


Through the study of photographic technique, the history of photography, and the critique of images, the photography curriculum emphasizes development of a personal voice. In the first year, students are introduced to photography through 35mm, 4×5, and other film cameras and the analog darkroom. The second year is devoted to digital photography, and the third year concentrates on portfolio development and preparation for the thesis exhibition. Optional advanced courses enable students to expand their practice of photography.

Photography Faculty
Miranda Lichtenstein
Associate Professor in Photography
Art & Design
Adam Putnam
Photo Lecturer
Art & Design


Students in the print program explore a full range of printmaking processes including silkscreen, woodcut, linocut, reduction printing, intaglio, lithography, digital printing, and letterpress as well as paper making and creating handmade books. Students study the history of print, paper, collaboration, and criticism. Courses encourage students to combine print mediums, and artistic development is addressed through individual and group critiques and the collaborative studio.

Print Faculty
Barbara Madsen
Director of the Rutgers Printmaking Collaborative, Graduate Director
Art & Design
Didier William
Assistant Professor of Expanded Print
Art & Design


The sculpture program is devoted to the process of developing three-dimensional forms through the use of traditional and nontraditional materials. Curriculum and coursework are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in a range of technical skills and processes and to challenge more advanced students to develop their own personal voice. Emphasis is placed within the context of contemporary art practice and in recognition of historical developments.

Sculpture Faculty
Heather Hart
Assistant Professor
Art & Design
Jeanine Oleson
Associate Professor, Sculpture
Art & Design
Patrick Strzelec
Associate Professor
Art & Design

Visiting Artists

The Visiting Artists program is central to Art & Design and includes weekly lectures, studio visits, and critiques by leading artists, curators, and writers working across a wide spectrum of practices and critical perspectives. Students across all programs are invited and encouraged to attend these public lectures, which take place throughout the academic year. All visiting artist talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Lectures

Nov 03
Nov 17
Nov 22
Nov 29

Visiting Artist Lecture: Cassi Namoda

November 29 at 8:00 AM
Nov 29
Dec 01

Visiting Artist Lecture: Mindy Seu

December 1 at 7:00 PM
Dec 15

To view all upcoming Visiting Artist talks and more Art & Design events, please visit our events calendar.

Students: Visiting Artist video archive is accessible at with NetID and password.

2019-2020 Visiting Artists

Katherine Bradford
Alex Da Corte
Trisha Donnelly
Raque Ford
Elizabeth Glaessner
Ilana Harris-Babou
Hugh Hayden
Sharon Hayes
Gregor Huber
Steven Kemper
Autumn Knight
Carolyn Lazard
Troy Michie
Aki Sasamoto
Fin Simonetti
A.L. Steiner
Wickerham & Lomax
Amy Yao

2018-2019 Visiting Artists

Juan Sánchez
Adam Putnam
Asger Carlsen
American Artist
Laura Swanson
Diana Nawi
Jonathan González
Farah Al Qasimi
Sanya Kantarovsky
Diamond Stingily

2017-2018 Visiting Artists

Ei Arakawa
Fia Backstrom
Yevgeniya Baras
Cara Benedetto
Meriem Bennani
Katherine Bradford
A.K. Burns
Torkwase Dyson
Nicole Eisenman
Deana Haggag
Sharon Hayes
E.J. Hill
Alfredo Jaar
Jennie C. Jones
Jutta Koether
Park McArthur
Troy Michie
Cameron Rowland
Anna Shteynshleyger
Mimi Smith
Rachel Steinberg
Stewart Uoo