Graduate Programs

The Department of Fine Arts offers a comprehensive graduate curriculum leading to a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art and Design; a Master of Arts in Art (Creative) and Art History (MA) with concentrations in Studio Art, Art History, and Critical & Curatorial Studies; and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Art Education. In addition, the department also offers a joint Masters of Arts (MA) / Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in Critical & Curatorial Studies and Urban Planning.

The graduate students at the Hite Art Institute are active in research and professional activities.

For the complete guide to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) please visit their website ( All candidates for admission to graduate programs must complete the application online:

  • For more information about the graduate programs in Studio Art please email James Grubola, Professor and Studio Art Graduate Program Head.
    • For more information about the graduate programs in Art History please email Christopher Fulton, Associate Professor and Art History Graduate Program Head.
      • For more information about the graduate program in Critical & Curatorial Studies please email Chris ReitzDirector of Galleries • Director of Curatorial Studies.

        • For more information about the graduate program in Art Education please email Barbara Hanger, Associate Professor and Art Education Graduate Program Head.

        Recent activities by current graduate students

        Eileen Yanoviak

        Eileen Yanoviak (PhD candidate) appointed Speed Museum Exhibition and Project Coordinator
        Newly appointed Speed Art Museum Exhibition and Project Coordinator, Eileen Yanoviak is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Louisville studying nineteenth-century American landscape with Professor Benjamin Hufbauer.


        Hunter Kissel



        Hunter Kissel (MA student in Critical and Curatorial Studies) receives the inaugural Hite-Speed Fellowship
        The Hite Art Institute, the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville, is pleased to announce a new fellowship program in conjunction with the Speed Art Museum, renewing the long-standing tradition of collaboration between the two leaders in the visual arts in Louisville. The inaugural Hite-Speed Fellowship (starting January 26) is awarded to Hunter Kissel, first-year graduate student at the Hite Art Institute.

        Tom LeGoffTom LeGoff's (MFA student) solo exhibition reviewed
        ‘Louisville Noir’ Shows Gritty Side of Well-Known Louisvillians, photographs by MFA student Tom LeGoff:

        Marie-Elena OttmanMarie-Elena Ottman (MFA student) presented three works at the exhibition, THE CONSUMMATE CRAFTSMAN, at Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
        MFA student Marie-Elena Ottman has three sculptures in the exhibition THE CONSUMMATE CRAFTSMAN at OMFA, 2014