About the Department of Art and Design
Chaired by Associate Professor Nicole Foran, the Department of Art and Design offers
a BS degree in art education, a BA degree in art history, and BFA degrees in graphic
design and studio art. More than 300 art majors and 1,000 non-majors enroll each semester
in our classes taught by twenty permanent faculty members. Our Department is proud
of its many opportunities for Art and Design students to use technology. With state-of-the-art computer labs and over ten master
classrooms, every teaching area has technology at their fingertips.
After thirty-five years of operation in several "temporary" campus buildings, including
an aging and dilapidated Art Barn, the State of Tennessee allocated $8,000,000 to
convert the vacant, centrally located, Todd Library into a new art facility.
Todd Library, renamed as Todd Hall, became home to the Department of Art and Design,
which occupies 53,000 of the former library's 78,000 square feet of usable space.
The remainder of the building houses the Dean of Liberal Arts suite, The Albert Gore
Research Center, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and their faculty offices.
The first floor of Todd Hall houses several Art faculty offices, sculpture, and ceramic
studios, drawing, 3-D design rooms, and the woodshop. Comprising the second floor
are painting studios, art education, art history, and 2-D design rooms, Todd Art Gallery;
it's Auxillary student 210 and Glass galleries, and numerous art faculty gallery
and art administrative offices. Located on the third floor are graphic design, book
arts, printmaking studios, faculty offices, four state-of-the-art computer labs, and
drawing/illustration, and 2-D design rooms.