UW Oshkosh Art Department

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Available art scholarships

Students majoring in art

Students minoring in art


Arts & Communication Center

Art Department offices A/C 325 and 319
Department Chair A/C 328

M–F 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
S–S 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Some studios are always open while others have special hours

Storage lockers in the A/C basement are available for art students each semester. Lockers must be registered through the art department office in A/C 319. 

Ceramics Lab

1165 Rockwell Ave.

The ceramics lab occupies over 4,500 square feet in a bright and sunny building located along the banks of the Fox River, a short distance from the Arts and Communications Center.

Students currently enrolled in ceramics courses have 24-hour access to the ceramics lab.

Galleries at UW Oshkosh

Extracurricular Activities

Student Organizations

There are two art-centered student organizations at UW Oshkosh

  • Gallery Board
  • ArtsCore Student Organization (ASO)

Field Trips

The art department sponsors a field trip during most semesters—generally to Chicago to see many famous works of art firsthand.

High School Art Day

High School Art Day draws numerous students across the state to UW Oshkosh toparticipate in workshops and critiques.  Current students are encouraged to volunteer and support future art majors!

Supplies every art student needs

Portfolio Case

Digital Camera

Sketch Book

Safety glasses and goggles

Dust mask


Utility knife and lots of blades

Xacto knife and lots of blades

Rulers/yardstick/18” metal ruler

Flat nose pliers

Round nose pliers

Compressed charcoal—4-6 sticks, 4B or 6B

Charcoal pencil, 6B

Vine charcoal

White contè or pastel

India ink

Kneaded eraser

White plastic eraser

Tool Kit/Tackle box or container to keep supplies

Drawing board

Drawing pencils 4B (dark), 2B, HB, 2H (light)

Pencil sharpener (metal works best)

Black marker – fine line

Gift Cards to your favorite Art supply store!

Good reads for art students

Meggs’ History of Graphic Design
Philip B. Meggs and Alson W. Puruis

A Short Guide to Writing About Art
Sylvan Barnet

The Critique Handbook: A Sourcebook and Survival Guide
Kendall Buster and Paula Crawford

Art and Fear
David Bayles and Ted Orland,

Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary and Interpreting Art: Reflecting, Wondering, and Responding
Terry Barrett

Art Speak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords
Robert Atkins

Writing Down the Bone: Freeing the Writer Within
Natalie Goldberg

About Looking and Ways of Seeing
John Berger

Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction
Susan Blackmore

The Writing Life
Annie Dillard

The Art Game Book
David Rosenberg

Art History: A Very Short Introduction
Dana Arnold

The Shape of Content
Ben Shahn

Principles of Three-Dimensional Design: Objects, Space and Meaning
Stephen Luecking

Shaping Space
Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher

Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing
Emma Dexter

Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting
Barry Schwabsky

Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher

Principles of Form and Design
Wucius Wong,

The Shock of the New
Robert Hughes

But is it Art?
Cynthia Freeland

American Art Since 1945
David Joselit

Art on the Edge and Over: Searching for Art’s Meaning in Contemporary Art Society 1970-1990s
Linda Weintraub

How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist
Caroll Michels

Great Jobs for Art Majors
Blythe Camenson

Department of Art

Main: (920) 424-2222  |  Gallery Office: (920) 424-2235
Arts and Communication Center S123 and S127
926 Woodland Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901