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The primary 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. To this basic mission we add opportunities for advanced study through undergraduate professional programs and graduate instruction. We aim to educate all of our students not just to be competitive in arts-related careers as professional artists, educators, and scholars, but also to prepare them for future challenges in fields outside the arts; and to foster their future endeavors as audiences and patrons 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.