Areas of Study

Three programs, one department

Although digital technologies have transformed and accelerated the creation and dissemination of images, art has been central to the human experience for millennia.

Digital artwork by a trinity student

Studio art courses offer an immersive environment for artistic creation. Direct experiences with technical processes and conceptual aspects essential to art-making offer students opportunities to visually realize ideas and refine critical capacities. 

students stand collectively in front of a large glass mosaic by Carlos Merida
Art History

The program in Art History provides rigorous training in the history of painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, design, and visual culture.

a large modern grand staircase with glass
Architectural Studies

The minor in architectural studies introduces students to the major works and problems of architectural history and to techniques of visual and spatial representation.

​Current Exhibition 

Mike Osborne: Federal Triangle 
On view October 19 – November 15, 2020


Virtual Michael and Noémi Neidorff Art Gallery

The Trinity University Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present Mike Osborne: Federal Triangle as part of the Stieren Arts Enrichment Series. Federal Triangle is a timely series of black-and-white photographs shot in and around Washington, DC. The project looks at the city – its sites of power and its margins – from a perspective that speaks to our current iteration of "the paranoid style." Titled after the government complex wedged between the Capitol and the White House, Osborne’s photographs depict the city as “a kind of bureaucratic Bermuda Triangle -- an impenetrable place of mystery, danger, and disorientation.” The virtual solo exhibition includes a curated selection of images as well as supporting text by the artist. Access to the virtual gallery content will be open to the public.

Mike Osborne is an Austin, Texas-based photographer whose work explores a range of themes including architecture, landscape, history, and technology, ultimately realized as books and exhibitions. His photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Dallas Museum of Art; and the University of Virginia. His work has also appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, and The New Republic. A monograph of Federal Triangle was published by Gnomic Book in 2019. Osborne received a BA from Stanford University and an MFA in photography from the University of Texas at Austin.

This exhibition is made possible by Jane and the late Arthur Stieren.

Due to current COVID19 restrictions on Trinity University's campus, the Michael and Noémi Neidorff Art Gallery is currently closed to in-person visitors.


Black and white photograph of tourists around the Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial / National Mall, 2019
By Mike Osborne
Archival inkjet print
28 x 42 inches