Department of Art

Department of Art

In Howard Payne University’s Department of Art, our faculty will work with you to develop your God-given creativity through a variety of coursework and wide range of media.

Remember that God created creativity – the first verses in the Bible are about creating. Later, in Exodus 35:31-33, we read the first record of a person with artistic talents: “And he [God] has filled him [Bezalel] with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts – to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship” (NIV).

Art and design are part of nearly every aspect of modern life, so as an artist there is a place for you in this world! Even if you don’t yet know the exact direction your art will take in life, know that God gave you those talents and interests, and you glorify Him when you use and develop those talents in God-honoring ways.

About Our Minor

HPU offers an 18-hour minor in Studio Art, comprised of coursework in drawing and composition, painting and composition, mixed media, art history, photography, crafts and ceramics. Students will also have the opportunity to have their artwork featured in exhibitions at HPU’s Dorothy and Wendell Mayes Art Gallery, housed in the university’s Doakie Day Art Center.

About Our Faculty

Coursework is taught by Julie (Wallace) Mize ’96 and Sally Davis, longtime art educators with a passion for art and a commitment to bringing out the best in students.

Senior Art Show

On March 27, 2020, HPU senior Sarah “Abi” Brown’s senior art show debuted online. Watch the video below to learn more about Brown’s art work and use the photo gallery to view pieces in the exhibit. 

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