The mission of the School of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky is to link the study of art and visual culture to the broad aims of the University’s undergraduate liberal arts tradition by providing world-class instruction in the history, theory, and practice of art. As a student here, you will receive opportunities for advanced study through undergraduate professional programs and graduate instruction. Your education at SA/VS will not only make you competitive in arts-related careers as a professional artist, educator, and scholar, but also will prepare you for future challenges in fields outside the arts; and will foster your future endeavors as a patron of the arts.

Through our own research and service we maintain SA/VS’ long and distinguished tradition of contributing to the cultural matrix of the Commonwealth. As researchers and creative individuals we strive to advance the frontiers of knowledge in our respective disciplines, achieving and maintaining recognition at the regional, national, and international levels. We serve the campus and wider community by bringing what we have learned home to Kentucky, through professional exhibitions and by sharing our knowledge and experiences as contributors to the local and regional arts landscapes.