Create Yourself in the CCA Department of Art and Design


Interior Architecture & Design Senior Exhibition

COMPOSITION, Thursday, May 5 from 4:30pm to 7pm at Henrickson Butler 249 S. 400 E., Salt Lake City

Local Artist Exhibition Seeks Submissions

Calling all artists from Cache, Rich, Weber, and Box Elder counties in Utah. Application deadline is April 25, 2022. Exhibition dates are slated for June 20-July 29, 2022.


Congratulations to our outstanding students and faculty!

Master's Student Researcher Austin J. Riddle

Graduate Student Instructor Max Saunders

Legacy of Utah State Nominee Megan Wilson

Undergraduate Researcher & Valedictorian Olivia Brock

Outstanding Seniors for Art + Design Mackenzie Heiner, Mitchell A. Keck and Samantha Peart

Talent of the Year Award for Art + Design Molly Etchberger

Graduate Talent Award for Art + Design Ben Nathan

Teacher of the Year Susie Tibbitts

Faculty Service Award Christopher Kanyusik

5th Annual Paper & Clay Winners

1st Place Juan Carrea, University of Iowa | Los Cariñositos, Lithograph

2nd Place Ashton Keen, USU | Pourer, Clay

3rd Place Kristin Boyer, University of North Texas |  Fortifying Vocabulary, Screen Print

Honorable Mention Casey Beck, University of Nebraska | Ewer, Stoneware

Honorable Mention Anne Klein, University of Iowa | Corpse Pose, Lithograph

Paper & Clay exhibition was also featured in our local Herald Journal HJNews.

mitchell keck headshot

Congratulations to Mitchell Keck, Student ASID, winner of 2021 ASID Foundation David Barrett Memorial Scholarship!

The David Barrett Memorial Scholarship is awarded biennially to recognize the work of an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates an interest and ability in utilizing classical design elements and traditional materials in their work. Classical design is aligned with Greek and Roman design principals.

Classical design elements are consistently influential in his design process. Mitchell impressed this year's jury with his detailed portfolio and commitment to an understanding of classical design. As this year’s recipient, he will receive a $12,000 scholarship! You can view Mitchell’s winning portfolio.

artwork depicting dogs

USU Honors Class Helps Cache Humane Society Find Dogs Homes Through Media Representation

During the fall 2021 semester, students in Dr. Laura Gelfand's USU 1330 class “Civilization: Creative Arts” took up the cause of man’s best friend. Working with the Cache Humane Society, these students, who were enrolled in a Community-Engaged Learning Honors course, experimented with ways in which media representations could help dogs, and a few cats, find forever homes. Read more about the project in  Utah State Today.

byzantium floor mosaic

Byzantium: Trade, Treasure, Tradition

This virtual exhibition explores the art of Byzantium as an expression of this interconnectedness. By viewing Byzantine art and objects through the lens of five different themes -- art making and materials, liturgy and ritual, luxury, power, and textiles -- we are able to examine the ways in which Byzantines manifested their values, statuses, traditions, and global connections through visual culture. You can view the virtual exhibition in Digital Commons.

interior architecture design students

USU Interior Architecture & Design is currently ranked 8th in the top 20 Interior Design Schools

A career in interior design can be a fruitful one. Fulfilling those goals, however, will mean getting an education that can make that happen. Among the many considerations that should be considered when choosing a school for interior design, two are among the most important. One of those factors, tuition, is essentially universal for nearly everyone. Another important factor is the graduation rate because accomplishing those goals begins with finishing your degree. You can learn more at

AIGA Awards

USU Graphic Design students collect AIGA Awards

Each year the Salt Lake City chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) host the AIGA 100 Show, an awards exhibition of the top 100 pieces of graphic design created across the state of Utah. This year, three USU graphic design students received AIGA merit awards and were featured in the exhibition. Kate Griffin won one of the three Student Copper Ingot Awards, which is considered the top graphic design honor for student work in the state. Congratulations USU Students!

AIGA Student Copper Ingot Award

Katie Griffin ('21)

AIGA Student Merit Awards

Brooke Nielson ('22)
Elle Mortneson ('22)
Ryker Marble ('21)

2021 Student to Watch by GDUSA Magazine

Kate Auman ('15) was named as the 2021 Student to Watch while finishing up her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art last spring!

From Street to Screen: Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheet book cover

Congratulations to David C. Wall on his recent publication!

From Street to Screen: Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep

Charles Burnett's 1977 film Killer of Sheep is one of the towering classics of African American cinema. From Street to Screen: Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep is the first book-length collection dedicated to the film and designed to introduce viewers to this still relatively unknown masterpiece. Beginning life as Burnett's master's thesis project in 1973, and shot on a budget of $10,000, Killer of sheep immediately became a cornerstone of the burgeoning movement in African American film that came to be known variously as the LA School or LA Rebellion. By bringing together a wide variety of material, this volume covers both the politics and aesthetics of the film as well as its deeper social and contextual histories.