All department faculty members are professional exhibiting artists and researchers. Students are welcome to visit classes or arrange for a demonstration. Field trips sponsored by the department are often open to the public.
Throughout the year, art exhibitions are shown in the Norman R. Eppink Art Gallery and Gilson Memorial Gallery, both located in King Hall. Included in the schedule of 8 to 12 exhibitions each year are an Annual Department of Art Faculty Exhibition (a presentation of recent faculty accomplishments), an Annual Spring Juried Art Student Exhibition, and Student Senior Exhibitions. Other exhibitions include works by international, national, and regional artists. Nationally and internationally known artists are often invited to the campus to discuss their work at Art Forum Lectures. All lectures are open to everyone.
The university’s art collection includes hundreds of works in all media from around the world, including a growing contemporary American Drawing Collection. Selections from the permanent collection are often displayed in the Memorial Union and in other places throughout the campus. The collections and gallery programs are under the direction of the Department of Art, King Hall.
Periodically, art students hold sales of their work on Mainstreet of the Memorial Union. Any student may participate in these sales. The artists donate a portion of the profits to support various art and/or student programs.
All Emporia Student University students interested in the visual arts are invited to join our student organizations – Active Artist Society, the student chapter of the National Art Education Association, the Kansas Art Therapy Association, and the Glass Guild -- and participate in field trips and other art activities.