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West Chester University Department of Art and Design Collection

Identifier: 063
The West Chester University Department of Art and Design Collection is divided into five series: Artwork, Departmental Materials, Events, Exhibitions, and Publications.

Series 1 Artwork features printed bookplates for West Chester State Normal School and art prints from 16 students.

Series 2 Departmental Materials includes correspondence, as well as information about departmental course offerings and for prospective students.

Series 3 Events has flyers for various artistic events on and off campus.

Series 4 Exhibitions includes artist statements and information, brochures, flyers, invitations, and schedules for exhibitions featuring West Chester University students and faculty, primarily held in campus galleries and spaces. Some exhibitions include the annual senior exhibition and faculty showcases. There are also similar materials for non-WCU artists, who had exhibitions on campus.

Series 5 Publications contains 3 publications: Eight Russian-American Artists (1983), Forum Graphica (1984), and a 1969 biography about author and artist, Franz Kafka.


  • 1909 - 2007
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 2007

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


2 Boxes (1 document box and 1 half document box)

0.63 Linear Feet


The West Chester University Department of Art and Design Collection features materials related to curriculum planning, course offerings, and exhibitions held by the department. The collection includes artwork, correspondence, course pamphlets, event flyers, and exhibition materials. Materials range in date from 1909 to 2007.

Biographical / Historical

West Chester University's Department of Art and Design has offered a variety of programs for students throughout the years. These include courses in painting, drawing, printing, sculpture, studio art, graphic design, interactive design, art history, and ceramics. As of 2023, the Department offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art with specializations in either Graphic and Interactive Design or Studio Arts. Students have the option to minor in Studio Art and Art History. The Department has been awarded full accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Historically, exhibitions organized by the department were held at the libraries on campus, until Mitchell Hall and the McKinney and Long Galleries within it were built in 1970. Nowadays, WCU student and faculty art exhibitions and other exhibitions are held at the Knauer Gallery in the E. O. Bull Center for the Arts and the John H. Baker Gallery in the Swope Music Building.


Materials in this collection have been arranged into series by topic. Within the series, materials are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.
West Chester University Department of Art and Design Collection
Jenna (Bossert) Falkenberg; Grace Citro
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Repository Details

Part of the West Chester University Archives Repository