Visual Art Program
Visual Art Program at UCCS
The Visual Art program in VAPA helps students realize their unique artistic aspirations through a myriad of culturally relevant artistic practices. By way of a curriculum emphasizing an experimental, cross-disciplinary approach in the studio, complemented with the study of art history and critical theory in the classroom, the visual art faculty helps students expand the scope of their artistic vision while thoroughly preparing them for a professional life in the contemporary art world.
A Message from the Program Directors
Welcome to Visual Art at UCCS! We look forward to helping you realize your unique artistic aspirations through our cross-disciplinary studio explorations grounded in our classroom study of the history of art and visual culture as well as critical theory. We look forward to helping you launch a successful artistic future!
Welcome to VAPA! Through our collaborative work in Visual Art - not only across the arts, but integrating other fields and disciplines as well - faculty and students in UCCS Visual Art are transforming artistic practice. Let us help you prepare for the professional life you seek in the contemporary art world.
VAPA offers Visual Art as a concentration or minor, with a wide range of media options including painting, sculpture, digital media, and more. Collaboration with other disciplines is encouraged, and the curriculum culminates in a Professional Seminar and senior exhibition at GOCA 121, located in Downtown Colorado Springs. When you leave UCCS, you'll be well-equipped for life in the 21st-century world of art!
Digital collage, 4200 x 3300 pixels. 2021.
Digital image. 2020.
Acrylic paint on canvas, 20 x 16". 2020.
Digital art (Space CowBoy series), 12" x 16". 2022.
Detail of mixed media sculpture, 45" x 47" x 36". 2020.
Acrylic on canvas, 36" x 48". 2023.
Collage, 24" x 19". 2023.
Photograph, 17 x 22". 2019.
Digital drawing, 9" x 9". 2020.
Mixed media sculpture. 2021.
Visual Art Faculty
We are creatively diverse, professionally active artists who share a common vision: we are deeply invested in helping you reach your creative and academic potential. Our classes are intimate, supportive, and rigorous environments where you're encouraged to push your own boundaries by being creatively and intellectually ambitious.
The UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art are the most progressive and experimental contemporary art galleries in Colorado Springs, showcasing award-winning work by artists of significant national and international reputation. GOCA's newest exhibition space, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art, is located in the Ent Center for the Arts. Designed as a flexible and transformable museum-quality exhibition space, this 2,600 square foot white cube gallery is state-of-the-art with certified humidity control systems. The gallery's flooring system and grid of strong points in the ceiling can accommodate art installations in nearly any configuration.
The Visual Arts Sculpture Studio is a multi-use warehouse building located near the Ent Center for the Arts. It holds a woodshop (image), a metalwork room with welding facilities, materials for use in casting and ceramics, and two clean rooms for installation.
The Dock is an installation space and student-run gallery and events center branching off the Painting/Printmaking Studio. Located in Centennial Hall.
One of our visual art classrooms in Columbine Hall includes an attached darkroom.
Visual Art has classrooms in Columbine Hall for photography and drawing courses, as well as art storage lockers for student use.
The Visual Resource Center houses two professional Epson Stylus Pro printers, a graphic arts scanner, and two iMac desktop computers - both with Adobe Creative Cloud. Students may also check out manual cameras, dSLR and mirrorless digital cameras, microphones, lighting equipment, audio recorders, digital projectors, tripods, and GoPro and video camcorders for course-related projects. Located in Columbine Hall.
Visual Art has a number of spaces including classrooms, studios, and student art storage space in Columbine Hall for 2D artwork.
Next to the Dock, Visual Art maintains a large painting classroom and exhibit space in Centennial Hall.
The VAPA Multimedia Lab consists of 30 Mac Studio workstations equipped with the latest multimedia software including Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut X, DaVinci Resolve Lite, Audacity, Logic, Pro Tools, Max, and Processing. Scanning capabilities include print, slides, and negatives. In addition, students have access to audio and video recording equipment through the Visual Resource Center. Located in Columbine Hall.
The VAPA Interdisciplinary Arts Lab (ECFA 245) is a multiuse, collaborative space for the interdisciplinary curriculum of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts programs (Film Studies, History of Art & Visual Culture, Music, Theatre & Dance, Visual Arts), equipped with an array of technology and resources including multi-media technology, installation and sculpture capabilities, sound, green screen for film, and more.
Resources for Current Students
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