• Professor Victoria Goro-Rapoport Featured in New Frontiers

    UNK Art and Design’s printmaking and drawing professor, Victoria Goro-Rapoport, is featured in the 2017 issue of New Frontiers magazine—a publication created by UNK to highlight research, scholarship, and creative activity across the campus’s varying disciplines. In Professor Goro-Rapoport’s article, the esteemed printmaker discusses her academic and artistic background; her experience working with etching, mezzotint, […]

  • Design Students Raise Nearly $1000 in T-shirt Sales To Benefit Natural Disaster Relief

    When Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the California Wildfires devastated Texas, Florida, and California within a matter of weeks, UNK’s student chapter of AIGA wanted to do something to help those affected by these natural disasters. Students quickly sprung into action and put together a series of t-shirt designs, voting on the best two of […]

  • UNK’s VCD Students Take Home Fifteen Medals at AIGA Show

    This Saturday, AIGA Nebraska—our state’s chapter for the design profession’s largest and oldest professional organization—held its annual design competition at Kaneko in Omaha. This year, 30 works from UNK’s Visual Communication and Design (VCD) students made it to the second-round of judging. This year’s judges included Timothy Hykes, a UX Designer for Wells Fargo and […]

  • Creepy Jack-O’-Lanterns and Smashed Pumpkins Highlight Halloween 2017

    It’s Halloween and within the Department of Art and Design that means fists full of pumpkin guts, paint-filled gourds flying through the air, and a hall filled with some of the spookiest jack-o’-lanterns. Students from the department took part in carving and displaying their pumpkin designs for our annual contest and participated in chuckin’ pumpkins […]

  • UNK Art & Design Ignite Creative Possibilities with Imagination Day

    Over 115 students attended this fall’s Imagination Day in order to attend workshops and demonstrations in letterpress, printmaking, ceramics, glass blowing, and 3D modeling. Area high schools that attended included Amherst, Beatrice, Broken Bow, Grand Island Northwest, Grand Island Senior High, Gothenburg, Kearney Catholic, Kearney High School, Lexington, Minden, Ogallala, Shelton, Wicox-Hildreth, and Phillipsburg, Kansas.  […]

  • Happy National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!

    Happy National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, everyone! In order to honor this lesser-known holiday that celebrates our favorite packing material, we created a series of cards designed by our very own Visual Communication and Design professor, Dan May, and a handful of our eager-to-assist students. In between the instant gratification that comes with the popping of these air-filled […]


Department of Art and Design Mission

To provide for professional and cultural study with courses giving a concentrated experience for those interested in a professional career in art. Degrees in studio art and visual communication and design can be completed. To prepare teachers of art for a professional career in education. Creative ability professional proficiency and understanding of the psychology of art education are stressed. To enable art and non-art majors to acquire an awareness and appreciation of their cultural heritage. Important resources in this process include the Walker Art Gallery, the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA), and study tours.

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Nine UNK VCD Students Earn Seventeen ADDY Awards

Posted on March 6 - 2017 | Comments Off on Nine UNK VCD Students Earn Seventeen ADDY Awards

Congratulations to nine of our Visual Communication and Design students who took home a total of seventeen awards from this year’s American Advertising Federation’s District […]

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VCD Students Take Home Six Medals at AIGA Nebraska Show 2016

Posted on November 30 - 2016 | Comments Off on VCD Students Take Home Six Medals at AIGA Nebraska Show 2016

On Saturday, November 12, AIGA Nebraska held this year’s Show exhibit—their most prestigious juried competition—at KANEKO in Omaha. Show highlights some of Nebraska’s most outstanding design work […]

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Matt Ziemke Solo Exhibition at University of Alabama and RSC Grant Recipient

Posted on October 12 - 2016 | Comments Off on Matt Ziemke Solo Exhibition at University of Alabama and RSC Grant Recipient

It has been an exciting week for full-time art lecturer Matt Ziemke. Matt returned earlier this week from hanging a solo exhibition in the Sella-Granata […]

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    Doug Waterfield, waterfieldd2@nullunk.edu