Highlights from 2018–19

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First Biennial Faculty Mentor and Alumni Exhibition

“As a teacher, Mary Bates Neubauer isn’t simply a proponent of excellent craft, critical thinking and innovation, she has inspired her students to search for their meaning in creative practice, to leave their comfort zone through exploration in the studio and travel around the world. Her legacy is one of a continuing expansion of the field of fine arts through the students who were fortunate enough to have studied under her.” – Scott Massey, MFA

The School of Art honored four of its outstanding faculty artists for their mentorship to students in a special Faculty Mentor/ Alumni Exhibition at the end of the fall semester in downtown Phoenix at Grant Street Studios. The exhibition paired the art of four faculty mentors with that of selected alumni to recognize the profound relationships they have nurtured over the years.

New online degree

The School of Art launched an online digital photography degree, the first online BFA degree for a studio practice-based degree from a Research 1 university or fine arts college in the nation. Students work with a faculty of practicing artists and experienced educators and have the opportunity to master technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of photography. More than 200 students have enrolled since the program launched.

Above Eroded Earth: A BFA Ceramic Exhibition

April 8-12, 2019 

Visiting artists and scholars

The 2018-19 Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series kicked off with New York City artist Brad Kahlhamer, whose work has been collected by institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, and more. Other artists and scholars who visited the School of Art for the series this year included Rodrigo Velenzuela, Val Britton and Laurie Lipton.


Above A selection of work from MFA exhibitions, artists include Michael DIaz, Mike Jacobs and Krista Davis

Henry Luce Foundation grant

Professor Betsy Fahlman received a $100,000 grant from the prestigious Henry Luce Foundation in New York for the re-installation of the American collection dating prior to 1945 at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she is also adjunct curator of American art.

Galbut Prize

MFA student Jonathan Wright won the Martin Galbut Prize. The Galbut Prize is an annual purchase prize exhibition juried by a rotating member of the community. Each year the competitive prize is awarded to an outstanding work created by one of ASU’s School of Art MFA students. The work is then added to the ASU permanent art collection and is displayed on the Tempe campus. Wright says his work brings a traditional, southern comfort to the Southwest through its depiction of rural, Arkansas charm. Laser engraved black on black images non only bring awareness to vanishing memories but also to the plight of the African American community at large. See his work on Instagram.

Wall of artwork at Arizona Biennial exhibition

Arizona Biennial

The 2018 Arizona Biennial, a celebration of the state’s artists, featured 22 artists with ties to ASU’s School of Art, including students, alumni and faculty. The biennial is the oldest running statewide juried exhibition featuring exclusively Arizona artists.

By the numbers

Numbers reflect 2018-19 and are accurate as of June 30, 2019.


Illustration of trophy and upward trend chartDivider line

Text: Faculty 119Text: Staff 18Text: Students 1,337Divider line

Text: Graduates 228Divider line

Text: Demographics 94% undergraduate 17% first generation (undergraduate) 43% non-resident Text: 6% graduate 5% internation Text: 39% minority 57% residentDivider line

Text: Degrees and certificates 23Divider line

Text: Exhibitions 82Divider line

Grant Street Studios photo by Craig Smith
Eroded Earth and MFA exhibitions photos, courtesy
Arizona Biennial exhibition photo by Jordan Bohannan