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The School of Art is a leader in the development of artists and arts educators. We challenge our faculty and our students in a transdisciplinary environment to be optimal artists, socially engaged, creative, and relevant.
The first degrees approved to be awarded by the Department of Art occurred in 1958 with an MA in art as well as art history. In 1965, the Department of Art, which had been a unit of the College of Liberal Arts, joined the new College of Fine Arts. Harry Wood, who had come to campus in the late 1950s, was chair of the Department of Art. He made the move with his department to the College of Fine Arts.
In 1970, the Department of Art moved into a new building that offered spacious studios and lecture halls. By that time, the art faculty had doubled in size from 13 to 26. As the 1980s began, the Department of Art became the School of Art and the position of chair was replaced with a director. Later in the decade, the Art Warehouse was built to contain course areas that used hazardous materials. This, in turn, freed up space in the Art Building for other needs.
In 2009, the School of Art became part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, with the merger of the Herberger College of the Arts and the College of Design.
The school still operates out of the Art Building and Art Warehouse, as well as Tower Center, Neeb Hall, and the Performing and Media Arts Building on the ASU Tempe Campus. In 2014, most of the school's graduate programs began to move downtown to the newly renovated warehouse space, Grant Street Studios.
The School of Art currently has four unique exhibition spaces: the Harry Wood Gallery in the Art Building, Gallery 100 in Tempe Center, and the Northlight Gallery and Step Gallery in Grant Street Studios.
With more than 45 full-time professors, the school offers courses in art history, art education and studio art, leading to degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. Studio areas of specialization include ceramics, drawing, fibers, intermedia, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture (with woods and metals).