Department of Art


Possibilities! That is what the Art Department at William Paterson University offers you.

The possibility of developing your creativity and expanding your knowledge of art processes.

The possibility of being inspired and energized by a multiplicity of sources: the faculty, other students, area and New York City galleries, invited lecturers, visiting artists, and much more.

It is an exciting time in the arts, and a great moment at this university;
I hope you will join us. Our department's faculty members represent the diverse areas within the field of Art. They include many award winning members. Whatever their background, their common link is the ability to challenge their students to become immersed in the Arts and to approach it with a global perspective.

The best way to learn about us and the great programs we offer is a personal visit. We have open houses throughout the year.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the William Paterson University Department of Art is to teach students visual literacy within a broad cultural and historical context. The department provides students the opportunities to explore self-expression and scholarship, build knowledge and acquire skills, and develop an understanding of how creativity is articulated through fine art and design. Our purpose is to empower students with lives rich in artistic expression and professional achievement that will contribute to a diverse and democratic society.