Art and Design Events and News

Faculty and student news

Photo of Chelsea Dunham an Animation student in Art and Design.

Senior animation major Chelsea Dunham on the CMU Animation Showcase:  'I just found it really fulfilling'

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Students in CMU's animation program stand in front of a display of their project at the New Venture Challenge's Campus Innovation Showcase.
ANIMATION PROJECT DEBUTED AT BUSINESS EVENT: Art student learns the value of entrepreneurship
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Current exhibitions and events

Sculptures by faculty member Jeremy Davis, wood, bronze and foam structures

Department of Art and Design

Faculty Exhibition 2023

Event Dates: Ends this week on Saturday, September 30th

Opening Reception: Sept 7th @ 4pm-6pm

Location: University Art Gallery

The exhibition features sculpture by Jeremy Davis, prints by Johanna Paas, painting and ceramics by Hannah Duggan, an installation piece by Anne Gochenour, mixed media and glass by Lavanna Shurtliff and animation and Zoetrope by Steve Leeper.

Recent exhibitions and events

Color Test bars in circle over black background with



UFO in foreground beaming up characters over black night background
The text Out Of Place on top, spliced in half. Pieces of images of faces placed together in a collage. The text Graphic Design 2023 in circles on top of the collage.

Logo for an upcoming exhibit. Teal background. Black text

Two paintings side by side. One in black and tan tones of branches with birds resting on them with organic nature shapes as a backdrop. The other is a rainbow of colors, a collage of shapes found in nature.



Black and white image of a black woman's profile. She has short cropped blonde hair, an earring shaped like the continent of Africa and a large ornate necklace


Ceramic sculpture. A multicolored base with three human skulls and a few scattered bones on top of it.

PARDON THE INTERRUPTION: Spring 2023 Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Applied Arts in Studio Arts Exhibition 

Event Dates: April 21 - May 6, 2023

Opening Reception: April 22 from 2-4pm

BFA Artist's talks @ 1pm

Location: University Art Gallery

BFA: Madeline Devantier, Maddie Graham, Chloeana Merchant, Dez Pruiett, & Lindsay Robertson

BAA: Sasha Clemons, Nico Lenz, Aniela Ormanian, Nicolas Weise

CMU ANIMATION: Spring 2023 Senior Gallery & Showcase

Senior Gallery Event Dates: April 24 - May 2, 2023

  • Gallery Location: 3rd Floor Gallery Space, Park Library

Spring Showcase Date: Tuesday, May 2nd @ 6pm-7:45pm Reception following

  • Showcase Location: Opperman Auditorium, Park Library



2023 Annual Juried CMU Student Art Exhibition 

Exhibition Dates: February 24 - March 3 & March 14 - 25. (Closed for Spring Break) 



OUT OF PLACE: 2023 Graphic Design BFA Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: April 1st - April 15th, University Art Gallery

Opening & Reception: April 1st, 2-4pm

Field Notes:  Works by Kenneth Buhler and Ellen Driscoll 

January 13 – February 11, 2023 at the University Art Gallery

Artist Talk begins at 4pm; Reception is on Thursday, Jan 26th from 4-6pm

While both artists in Field Notes are deeply inspired and engaged with the botanical world in all its wonder and complexity, their work shows the range of how an artist might consider the plant kingdom - Driscoll with reductive, lush, and warm earth tones and Buhler with poetic, language-inspired color.

Danielle Eliska: Capitalize the B in Black

February 9 - March 26, 2023 - Baber Room Gallery, Charles V. Park Library 

This exhibition includes photography and collage works amplifying Black life and lineage. 


Jessica Brandl: Visiting Artist

Artist Workshop & Demo 5:00pm-7:30pm, Wednesday, February 15th, North Art Studio, Ceramics

Recent department news

A sculpture. The base is a wooden box. Attached to the top of the box are various sized tuning forks.
Sculpture faculty Jeremy Davis was announced as a semi-finalist in the triennial Outwin Boochever National Competition held in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. His sound portrait, Disambiguated, was one of 80 works chosen as semi-finalists out of more than 1700 entries. See (and hear) the work.
The Hand magazine - Madeline Devantier Image

Madeline Devantier and Courtney Annuschat both have several works published in the February issue of Hand – a national magazine. Milkweed, Linocut 15"x12"

 Sourz Film Poster - Lindsay Robertson, Animation BFA 2023

Lindsay Robertson, Animation BFA 2023,  had an animated film accepted into an international festival in Greece.

See her work HERE

In Memoriam

The Department of Art and Design would like to remember our retired faculty members who have passed since 2020. Each one made a huge impact to our community, teaching and inspiring countless students during their time here at CMU. They will be missed.

Tom Bambas - Metalworking 1969-1999
Died August 15, 2023

Vitold Kobisz - Sculpture 1966-2001
Died January 28, 2023

Burt Dickerson - Painting 1965-1985
Died 2022

Earl Nitschke - Printmaking 1960-1995
Died December 2, 2020