The Hite Art Institute


The Department of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville was founded in 1937. In 1946, the Department was endowed as the Hite Art Institute in recognition of the bequest of Allen R. and Marcia S. Hite. The Institute currently has 24 full-time faculty members, a full-time staff of six, and 400 undergraduate and graduate majors in the combined studio, art history, and critical & curatorial studies areas.

As the most comprehensive Fine Arts program in the state of Kentucky, we offer majors the opportunity to earn a BA, BFA, MA or MFA in a variety of disciplines. Areas of study include art history, ceramics, critical & curatorial studies, drawing, fiber, glass, graphic design, interior design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

The University of Louisville, founded in 1798, is one of the oldest municipal universities in the United States. With a current enrollment of 22,000 students, the University of Louisville is Kentucky's major urban university and one of the most rapidly expanding universities in the United States.


The mission of the Hite Art Institute is to educate our students to function in the forefront of the art world, to inspire critical thinking, promote a diversity of perspectives, and engage in the most current scholarship in art history, theory, studio art, and curatorial practices.

The Hite Endowment has allowed the department to continue to excel by providing support for academic programs, library acquisitions, student scholarships, faculty and student research, visiting artists and scholars, and exhibitions.


The Hite Art Institutes studio art program is presently located in three buildings, two on Belknap campus and one off-campus. Schneider Hall is home to the studio art programs with studios in foundation design, foundation drawing, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, graphic design, fibers, interior design, and art education; along with computer labs, galleries, art library, and departmental offices. Sculpture and ceramics are located in the HPES/Studio Arts Building and the glass program is housed in the Cressman Center for Visual Art in downtown Louisville. The art history program, together with the Visual Resources Center and the Print Collection, is located in Lutz Hall.


The Hite Art Institute maintains six art galleries which feature rotating exhibitions by nationally and internationally renowned artists and designers, as well as students and faculty of the Institute.

  • Schneider Hall, on the Belknap campus of the University of Louisville, is home to the Morris B. Belknap Gallery, Dario A. Covi Gallery, and Gallery X, as well as a library dedicated to fine arts scholarship.
  • The Cressman Center for Visual Arts, located in the heart of the downtown arts district, houses the John B. and Bonnie Seidman Roth Gallery, Leonard and Adele Leight Gallery, and the Alice S. and Irvin F. Etscorn Gallery for ongoing exhibitions, and provides the public with an opportunity to observe the daily operations of the glass studio.

Resources for Academic Enhancement and Student Success

The Hite Art Institute provides numerous opportunities to enhance our students' academic experiences including generous scholarships, grants and financial assistance for undergraduate and graduate studies and research.

General Information for Academic Enhancement

Undergraduate Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships and Assistantships

Student Travel and Research Grants

Visit the Hite Art Institute

We invite you to schedule a campus visit to tour the University of Louisville and the Hite Art Institute and learn more about the programs we offer. A campus visit is your opportunity to get a firsthand view and can help you decide if this campus is a good fit for you.

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