Art Program


Our area is our inspiration!  Sul Ross State University is located in an area which has served as a source of inspiration for many famous and diverse artists.  The natural beauty of the land, its historic associations and an incredible sense of open space found here are strong attractions for creative individuals. 

Alpine was home to the famous Alpine Art Colony that founded the SRSU art department at Sul Ross in 1932. Our proximity to Marfa with the world-renowned Chinati Foundation, founded by Donald Judd in 1987, with the specific intention of preserving and presenting to the public, permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists. 

The emphasis is on works in which art and the surrounding landscape are inextricably linked. For many of our art majors, it is a good foundation for a career in Art, for others it is the most important part of their studies in preparation for a career in teaching. 

Our small classes and one-on-one work with students, helps our students develop technique and a sense of personal style. The Art program offers a B.F.A. and a MA degree in Art.  Students may receive a degree in studio art, art education or art history.  We offer academic programs specializing in ceramics, painting (including both oil and watercolor), art education, sculpture and art history as well as post-baccalaureate certification in Art Education.  If you are considering a career as a professional artist, many opportunities for developing your skill and creativity exist at Sul Ross. 

You will be given the chance to explore different directions and through a variety of media.  Classes are small and allow you to receive individual attention.  Studios are accessible to all of our students both morning and evening. 


For information on exhibiting in the Francois Fine Arts Gallery at Sul Ross State University, contact:  Carol Fairlie - Gallery Director (432) 837-8258 or