Create Your Space for Fostering Creativity, Inclusivity, and Art-Making

At Webster University’s Department of Art, Design, and Art History (DADAH), we offer our students an art academy-like education within a liberal arts institution. The program encourages students to confront challenging ideas and technologies while understanding and synthesizing tradition. 

Explore below to learn more about our department, which emphasizes personal expression, alternative approaches, and experimentation.

 

 

Engage with Art!

Schedule a portfolio review to apply to the Department of Art, Design, and Art History, or find information about DADAH's art exhibitions, public lectures, and Webster University’s public art collection—we have endless options for engaging with us and with art.

 

First Friday Departmental Meeting - DADAH is a family and we come together various times over the year starting with our First Friday Departmental Meeting, where you get to meet all the faculty and win prizes.

Printmaking Studio - Students have 24/7 access to studios and labs, and are present and working at all hours.

Graphic Design - Graphic Design student work on display in the Library.

Print Study Room at SLAM - We encourage students to understand and synthesize traditions, and to confront challenging ideas and emerging technologies.

Faculty not only know students’ names, they care about each one’s development and work hard with each individual to help him or her achieve expressed goals.

Bookmaking

Ceramics Studio - Our students constantly offer each other help, and serve as a support network.

We share the belief that intensive work, study, and involvement in art prepares the student for professional art training or personal career goals.

DADA Computer Lab

Sculpture Studio

Intermediate Photography - Faculty provide hands-on individual attention to students in the field.

Individual relationships seem to thrive and grow through discussions and collaborations on the patio or on late nights in the studios.

Student using 4x5 film camera

Ceramics Studio - Students have 24/7 access to studios and labs, and are present and working at all hours.

Tom Lang's "Scratching"

Cecille R. Hunt Gallery - Tom Lang "Scratching"

artwork by MyLoan Dinh, Myra Eastman, Noritaka Minami, Desireè Moore and Jeanene Nagy

Arcade Contemporary Art Projects - The Santo Foundation 10th Anniversary Invitational Exhibit

Graduate Programs

Facilities

Arcade Contemporary Art Projects Gallery

Arcade Contemporary Art Projects Gallery

Arcade Contemporary Art Projects Gallery

Located in the historic Arcade Building in the heart of downtown St. Louis, Arcade Contemporary Art Projects (ACAP) in Webster University’s Gateway Campus serves as a visual arts laboratory for regional, national, and international artists, and for the Greater St. Louis community. To fulfill the University’s mission, Gallery programming promotes community and global engagement while offering educational opportunities for DADAH students. Home of DADAH’s annual spring BFA Exhibition, ACAP also features the work of local and global artists in rotating exhibitions, as well as other student and faculty projects. The space is also available for rent to community, corporate, and private events. With floor to ceiling windows that overlook Olive and 8th Streets, ACAP's presence reinforces Webster University's identity as an anchor in downtown St. Louis.

  • 812 Olive Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63101
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 12 - 5 p.m.
  • Friday, 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Hunt Gallery

Hunt Gallery

Hunt Gallery

Hunt Gallery

The Hunt Gallery is an integral part of our educational mission, as well as our community outreach. As a non-commercial, alternative venue, the gallery provides professionally curated exhibitions of contemporary art for the academic community and broader St. Louis area public.    

8342 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Visual Arts Studios
    • 3 Mac Pro computer labs
    • Printing computer lab (Color Managed Print Studio) with large format printers
    • Printmaking studio
    • Illustration studio
    • Sculpture Studio
    • Ceramics Studio
    • Papermaking Studio
    • Photography Darkroom
    • Drawing Studio
    • Painting Studio
    • 2 Open Studios

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Discover more about our relevant and hands-on curriculum across a variety of fields and disciplines.

Summer Camps

Spend two weeks immersed in hands-on art training and small group workshops led by the dynamic art faculty, alumni, and student mentors of the Department of Art, Design, and Art History at Webster University.

HAT is an intensive art-focused summer institute for high school students. Ideal for those who are beginning to consider options for college, the HAT institute will help you build your portfolio for college application with artwork that reflects your individuality and unique skills.

Discover your artistic potential in state-of-the-art studios for drawing, sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and graphic design.

Enjoy portfolio presentations by current students and recent graduates from Webster University who are working in art-related fields or attending graduate school.

Discuss contemporary art and its cultural importance with an art historian as your guide.

Share your artistic achievements with family and friends as part of the Emerging Artists Exhibition, a public exhibition of your work at Webster University's Hunt Gallery.

Each weekday, Webster University professors or alumni will work with you in their area of expertise. As professional artists, HAT instructors offer contemporary perspectives as they share advice for today's art world. State-of-the-art equipment and spacious studios at Webster University will provide a place to develop your artistic techniques.

  • All Emerging Artists who successfully complete the HAT Summer Institute may waive the portfolio review for automatic acceptance into Webster University's Department of Art, Design, and Art History (pending university admission).
  • A public exhibition at Webster University's Hunt Gallery will showcase your artwork professionally.
  • You will produce high quality artwork suitable for inclusion in your portfolio.

  • The cost for the HAT program is $700 per student. A $100 deposit is the minimum required to reserve your spot for this camp.
  • Preference will be given to students who register and pay in full by May 15.
  • Enrollment is limited to provide the best possible experience.
  • Attendees must follow Webster University’s current COVID-19 policies, including submitting documentation of full vaccination, universal masking, and social distancing where applicable.

One merit-based scholarship may be available based on overall program enrollment. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need as well as artistic merit. A portfolio review and written statement will be required for all applicants. Interested candidates should supply their contact information to Barbara Rutledge for further information.

Design Camp is an intensive design-focused summer institute for high school students. Faculty and Alumni of the Department of Art, Design, and Art History will lead young artists in a focused study of Design and Digital Arts during this week-long camp.

Ideal for those who are beginning to consider options for college, Design Camp will help you build your portfolio for college application with design-focused artwork that reflects your individuality and unique skills.

Discover your artistic potential in state-of-the-art studios while learning from professionals working in the design field. Topics covered may include Typography, Digital Illustration, Motion Graphics, and Graphic Design.

Share your artistic achievements with family and friends as part of the Emerging Artists Exhibition, a public exhibition of your work at Webster University's Hunt Gallery.

Each weekday, Webster University professors or alumni will work with you in their areas of expertise. As professional designers, the Design Camp instructors offer contemporary perspectives as they share advice for today's design industry. State-of-the-art equipment and spacious studios at Webster University will provide an ideal environment to develop essential design skills. 

  • All Emerging Artists who successfully complete Design Camp may waive the portfolio review for automatic acceptance into Webster University's Department of Art, Design, and Art History (pending university admission).
  • A public exhibition at Webster University's Hunt Gallery will showcase your artwork professionally. 
  • You will produce high quality artwork suitable for inclusion in your portfolio. 

  • The cost for Design Camp is $350 per student. A $50 deposit is the minimum required to reserve your spot for this camp. 
  • Preference will be given to students who register and pay in full by May 15. 
  • Enrollment is limited to provide the best possible experience. 
  • Attendees must follow Webster University’s current COVID-19 policies, including submitting documentation of full vaccination, universal masking, and social distancing where applicable

Email: Barbara Rutledge at  barbararutledge@webster.edu