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Mission Statement

The Art department at College of the Ozarks exists to dynamically develop professional artists who are individuals of excellent character. We strive to nurture and challenge those students who desire to achieve their personal best and who aspire to excel formally, technically and conceptually as artists. In the Art department we believe that art isn't something that one does, but rather being a complete artist affects the way in which we experience the world around us.

Academic Programs

The College of the Ozarks' Art program offers students a dynamic opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in either Studio Art or in Art Education. The Studio Art degree provides emphases in graphic design, ceramics, computer art, and painting. The Art Education emphasis enables students to become certified in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Missouri and Arkansas. Conferred degrees will indicate the student's area(s) of emphasis in Studio Art, i.e. graphic design, painting, etc.

The Art department is also an integral part of the college's General Education program and provides the entire student body opportunities for introductory courses in the critical analysis of art and in the creation of visual art. In these general education courses the department nurtures the greater student body in both critical thinking skills and in creative vision. All College of the Ozarks students benefit from the incredible professors and instructors in our art program.

Through the Boger Gallery the Art department provides an exciting calendar of events for the College and its surrounding communities. Visiting artists provide exhibitions, workshops and lectures, and the department hosts an annual student exhibition from area schools as well as exhibits by graduating art majors.

Located on the first floor of the Jones Building on the beautiful College of the Ozarks campus, our Christian art school welcomes all students and visitors to its studios and to the Boger Gallery. We look forward to seeing you when you visit and to having you as a student in the college department.




Studio space consists of several multi-purpose areas on the ground floor of the Jones Learning Center. These studio areas are used primarily for drawing, painting, two-dimensional design, fibers and art education.
Also in Jones, situated in a vibrant, creative environment, is a state-of-the-art Graphic Design LAB featuring Apple computers and professional printing capabilities.
The Clay, Sculpture and Glass Studio are located in the Art Annex in the lower level of the College Press. The Clay Studio also offers complete clay-mixing facilities, numerous electric and manual potters wheels, and boasts several types and sizes of kilns, including electric, gas, raku and wood-fired.
All studios are well-equipped and maintained, and all art college students are provided with significant access for personal studio time.

Boger Gallery  

From late August to early May the Art Department hosts numerous activities from art exhibitions to guest artists' lectures and workshops to fun nights for our students. Information related to current events in Boger Gallery can be obtained from Dr. Richard Cummings (cummings@cofo.edu) or by calling 417-334-6411 ext. 2255. The public is invited to events in Boger Gallery. Boger Art Gallery is located on the first floor of Jones Learning Center and gallery hours are weekdays 8:00-5:00 and Sundays 1:00-5:00.  Call ahead for information on exhibitions.