Art, Design, and Visual Studies


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Our Mission

The Department of Art, Design and Visual Studies provides quality education that nurtures lively exchange between students and faculty and fosters purposeful contributions to our community.

The Department of Art, Graphic Design and Visual Studies is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

We are committed to:

  • The advancement and success of our students.
  • A comprehensive, diverse and interdisciplinary curriculum.
  • Quality instruction that promotes excellent scholarship and artistic output.
  • Generosity of spirit toward our students and our community.

Art, Design, and Visual Studies Leadership

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Steven Polacco, MFA

Chair and Director of Graphic Design Program

Contact Information

Office Hours

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 


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Our Galleries

The Alemany Library is home to both the San Marco Gallery and the Community Gallery, which provide venues for artistic exposure for students, local community artists and patrons.

Visit the Galleries
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Alumni Spotlight

A love of art has led Tashina Garcia-Garza ’08, ‘14 MA from Victorville, a small town in the California high desert, to Los Angeles where she runs the municipal art program at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Love of Art

Meet our Faculty and Staff

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Steven Polacco, MFA

Chair and Director of Graphic Design Program
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Lynn Sondag

Associate Professor of Art Honors Program Director
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Leslie Ross, PhD

Professor and Chair of Art History and Visual Studies
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager
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Matthew Garcia

Assistant Professor
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Sharon Spain

San Marco Gallery Curator