Department of Art


 In 1978 Mr. Davis began drawing the lasagna-loving Garfield the Cat. Now, 40 years later, Garfield is one of the most well-known and commercially successful brands in syndicated comics and pop-culture history, appearing in over 2500 newspapers worldwide and holding the Guinness World Record for the most widely syndicated comic strip. Mr. Davis will discuss the business strategies and professional opportunities that went into his making everyone's favorite cat the international icon he is today.

Anyone who is interested in the graphic arts, comics as an art form, entrepreneurship, or just a fan of the work of Mr. Davis, will enjoy this presentation.
In fall 2017, Jim Davis presented his first public lecture as Artist-in-Residence in the School of Art, titled “Forty Year of Drawing Comics.”  The lecture can be viewed HERE.


           Our programs are enhanced through a close collaboration with the prestigious David Owsley Museum of Art, among the finest university art museums in the nation and one that boasts an encyclopedic collection of approximately 11,000 artworks from around the globe. The School of Art also features the state-of-the-art Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass, which houses every major form of glass production including blowing, casting, flame work, cold work, and neon. Our nationally ranked Animation program features two new computer labs, 40 Dell work stations and Cintiq monitors, a 20-node render farm, and faculty with industry experience at Disney and EA (Electronic Arts) games.

           The Art and Journalism Building provides more than 57,000 square feet of classroom and studio space for our 500 majors in the School of Art. All concentration areas in the School of Art have fully dedicated studios and labs. The curriculum is augmented by an ambitious calendar of the Visiting Artists, Designers, and Scholars series from across the country, as well as a full schedule of professional and student exhibitions in our Atrium Gallery. Internships, practicums, hands-on learning opportunities, field trips, and foreign study are available to all art majors.

           Students can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Studio Art or Art History, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art Education. We also offer the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) for continued creative exploration.


            The School of Art at Ball State is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  

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Capriella Fenicle
Art education major Capriella Fenicle's welcoming community of faculty have helped her build diverse skills from the ground up, in both 2-D and 3-D art, all while she studies in world-class facilities.
School of Art
Art and Journalism Building (AJ) Room 401
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5838
Fax: 765-285-5275
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