History

Making the arts an essential part of IU

IU’s 11th president Herman B Wells envisioned a vibrant arts culture at the university that would resonate throughout the state of Indiana and the country. His vision is seen today on all corners of campus including the IU Art Museum, the Musical Arts Center, the IU Auditorium, the Lilly Library, and the Fine Arts Building.

Founded in 1895, the Department of Studio Art is one of the nation’s oldest and most-respected art schools.

The future of art & design at IU

We are dedicated to ensuring that an IU degree is dynamic—and we’re committed to providing the best preparation for whatever may come next for students to explore their interests, passions, and skills. The studio art program will soon combine with apparel merchandising and interior design in an effort to bring art and design together as the hub of ideas, research, and craft.

Learn about the new School of Art + Design