The right choices can turn aspirations into accomplishments. At the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, students can choose the undergraduate degree program that supports their own academic, personal and professional goals.
In addition to being skilled and caring teachers, the School's full-time faculty members are regionally and nationally renowned artists.
Folk Hall, home of the Myers School of Art, was once an auto dealership, complete with showrooms and service bays. Now completely remodeled, it is among the largest art facilities in the region. Studios are devoted to ceramics, commercial photography, computer imaging, drawing, graphic design, illustration, metalsmithing, painting, photography, sculpture, two-diamensional design, and three-diamensional design. State-of-the-art equipment and technology is available throughout.
Vibrant contemporary exhibitions, speakers and events expose students to diverse expressions. Galleries throughout the University exhibit a wide range of contemporary media. In addition to exhibiting works by faculty and students, the renowned Emily Davis Gallery in Folk Hall showcases work and lectures by visiting artists who are acclaimed nationally and internationally. Students also have opportunities to exhibition work beyond campus at venues that include the Akron Art Museum, SPACES, and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art.
The Myers School of Art offers scholarships for new freshman and current students. Our scholarships help defray tuition costs, student travel and art supplies. Each year, the University of Akron offers more than $2 million to recognize the academic excellence of students. Tuition at The University of Akron is among the lowest in Ohio for in-state, undergraduate art students.
The excellence of the Myers School of Art is evidenced by prestigious accreditation. Since 1979, the School has been fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The Myers School of Art helps students achieve their best as artists and people. Retention, graduation and job placement rates are excellent and many graduates continue their education at some of the country's finest graduate schools. Numerous alumni have achieved national and international prominence as artists, and two have received prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships.
The study of art has a long tradition at The University of Akron. Art classes were first offered in 1872, and the department was officially created in 1919. In 1997, the School of Art was named for Mary Schiller Myers, an alumna who is well known and highly regarded throughout the art world as an advocate and patron of the arts. Mrs. Myers has served on the boards and committees of many arts organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Art Museum in New York City, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Both Mr. and Mrs. Myers were longtime and generous supporters of students and programs at the School of Art.
The University of Akron Myers School of Art Portfolio Day for Prospective Art Students is for high school juniors and seniors and transfer students. During the review there are tours of our art facilities, classroom and studio visits, information and handouts about the Myers School of Art and Academic advisement (majors, minors, requirements, etc.). Register Online for the Portfolio Day.