department of art & art history

FIne Arts Center, Room F205, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881


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Honor the artist within.

You are fascinated by the world of artistic expression and its many forms. So are we. That’s why we’re here. Whether you want to create—in painting or photography, sculpture or digital art and design—or delve into the richness of what the visual arts add to our daily lives, we offer a experiential and integrated experience where you can develop your interests and expertise, and work toward a career that honors your creative instincts. Join us and be at home.

Art can be a critical way to help students understand the world around them.

– Chelsea Fredrikson ’12, Art Major


  • student working on a charcoal drawing
  • student pouring paint on a canvas
  • students holding their photographs
  • student painting a sculpture
  • students at a museum
  • student making prints in studio

Why Art and Art History at URI?


Although your focus is art, at URI you’ll be part of a broad-based liberal arts college—the College of Arts and Sciences—a lively community of students and faculty in many disciplines. The well-rounded experiential and integrated education you receive here will inform your art and open your mind to all kinds of possibilities. Unlike a traditional art school, we do not require a portfolio review prior to acceptance to our program. We also welcome those new to the arts, whose interest may be sparked by an art history elective or an intro to painting course.


Explore, experiment, and imagine. This is what we want for you, whether that means experiencing a range of media opportunities— painting, drawingsculptureprintmaking, photography, video and multimedia, digital artgraphic design and art history —or digging deep into the medium you love. Through our collaboration with other programs, we also offer you the opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary studies such as Landscape Architecture, History, Women and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, Engineering, Film Media and Underwater Archaeology.


Here, you’ll be part of a community of artists—our smaller class sizes encourage it. You will get invaluable hands-on practical experience, working closely with artists and instructors in classroom settings and one-on-one exchanges. Our faculty is open to your interests and available to advise you on a range of diverse internship and career opportunities, as well as options for studying abroad, combining majors, and entering grad school. And if you enter URI as an art major, you can now become part of the new Arts & Design Living and Learning Community.

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