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Globetrotting Artist and Educator

Neil Lawley

“Dr. Hatcher, chairman of UT Tyler’s art program has had a hand in just about every big event in my career. He’s been a lifelong mentor to me. It was Dr. Hatcher who recommended me for the Javitts Fellowship, a $30,000 award that supported me and my wife Sarah Hoitsma while I was in graduate school at Southern Methodist University. Then, he again recommended us for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, JET.

"Through this program, we were able to spend four years living and teaching among the people of Otsu, Japan. It was the experience of a lifetime. When we came home we were initially overwhelmed by the violence on TV, the size of homes and the amount of glass and plastic trash our society generates. Today, we have no television in our home.

“Since returning from Japan, I have changed artistic mediums. Previously I worked in ceramics and now I am specializing in re-purposing resources from dumpsters, diverting materials from the waste stream and giving scrap lumber a new life.

“Today, I’m teaching sculpture and three-dimensional design at Missouri Western State University. You guessed it: Dr. Hatcher again recommended me for the position.”

Meet Neil Lawley, Hometown: Malakoff, TX
May 1998, BFA and Bachelor of General Studies Graduate

Studio Arts BFA Degrees

Enhance Your Creativity as a Practicing Artist or Art Teacher

Complete The University of Texas at Tyler’s bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in studio arts, with an option to earn K-12 teacher certification in art and you’ll be ready to conduct art classes in a public or private school.

  • Take a concentrated curriculum focused on your interests in sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, collage, drawing or painting.
  • Study in UT Tyler’s 30,000-square-foot art facilities including modern, spacious studio space, open 24 hours to students.
  • Get the one-on-one faculty attention you’d expect to find only at a small private university or professional art school.
  • Be part of exciting events right on campus, such as the UT Tyler Sculpture Conference, bringing together visiting sculptors with students, local architects and designers.

UT Tyler BFA graduates are employed by such distinguished institutions as:

Tyler Junior College, instructor
Brookshire Grocery Co., display coordinator
Corpus Christi Art Center, executive director
Chapel Hill High School, art instructor
Tarrant County Community College, art instructor

Learn more from the Department of Art and Art History

Bachelor’s in Studio Arts: Shaping Talent. Building Skills.

  • Concentrate your study in either two-dimensional art (painting, collage or drawing) or three-dimensional art (sculpture, ceramics or small metals).
  • Exhibit your artwork on campus in the Meadows Gallery as part of your senior capstone experience.
  • Gain valuable experience in the art world through internships at local museums or galleries.
  • Network with other art students and artists as a member of the UT Tyler Art Club.

BFA Faculty: Practicing Artists. Respected Scholars.

  • Expect personal attention and mentoring in classes with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Study side-by-side with professors who are practicing artists and recognized authorities in their field.
  • Learn from Department of Art and Art History faculty who are published authors and respected art history experts.
  • Join your professors to participate in professional conferences.

Learn about UT Tyler’s art faculty

Art Courses: Creative Expression. Proven Techniques.

Ceramics Survey issues and concepts in contemporary ceramic art. Gain an introduction to the techniques of throwing, hand building and extruding of clay shapes that are used by contemporary ceramicists.

Collage Theory and Practice – St udy collage theory and practice through the use of mixed media. Understand the various supports, adhesives and presentation methods used in collage. Explore the use of created, found and simulated materials.

Landscape Painting – In this advanced genre-based painting course, focus on objective study of the landscape. Each class period will meet on site at locations around the East Texas area.

More about UT Tyler's studio arts program of study

Also see The University of Texas at Tyler master’s degree in studio arts

Career Outlook for BFA Graduates
Graduates of the BFA program have gone on to become artist-entrepreneurs, K-12 art teachers (with certification), museum curators and managers of private collections. A significant number of students go on to pursue their MFA degree in the UT Tyler graduate program. For more, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Arts and Design Occupations.

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