Whether your interests lie on stage, back stage, or in the studio, Lehigh offers rich and vibrant venues to explore your creative interests.
Discover the Arts
Lehigh University offers an exciting arts culture that contributes to the academic and social vitality of campus life. We offer programs and opportunities through academic departments and campus-wide organizations. Students work collaboratively with accomplished faculty, scholars and creative artists, and graduate with the knowledge and experience that prepares them to enter prominent graduate arts programs and industry professions. Student clubs, literary publications and events engage students across all disciplines in the arts throughout their entire academic career.
Enrolling the third largest number of majors in the college, Art, Architecture, and Design (AAD) has as many undergraduate degree majors as civil engineering, marketing, and the university’s other largest programs. With student interest skyrocketing, the department’s goal is to expand its capacity to accommodate student demand, deliver the most relevant courses for their needs, and bolster student grant and internship opportunities.
To support this, the department also aims to modernize its new but unfinished teaching and research spaces at Mountaintop’s Building C. In addition, due to expected retirements, AAD will soon have the opportunity to hire several key faculty members who will set the course for the department for decades to come.
Nicholas Sawicki, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair
Phone: (610) 758-3718
With a collection of more than 17,000 works, the Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG) is a dynamic and diverse resource for students, faculty, researchers, and the local community. These artworks, which range from ancient Chinese ceramics to contemporary photographs, are used as the foundation to spark dialogue across disciplines and around important topics including race, diversity, and politics. LUAG’s mission is to advance critical thinking, cultural understanding, and well-being for campus and community through transformative experiences with art.
LUAG is also a foundational resource for the Department of Art, Architecture, and Design and, in particular, the Museum Studies minor: LUAG’s director serves as faculty in the department, and the galleries and collection spaces are used for teaching and programming. Admission to LUAG and its exhibitions and programs is always free of charge and open to the public – making it a vital community asset. Nearing the 100-year anniversary of its first formal exhibitions program in 1926, LUAG is in a critical moment of change. As the university continues to grow and South Bethlehem undergoes rapid economic development and transformation, LUAG is responding by increasing opportunities for student experiential learning and outreach to the local community. Philanthropy will be key to achieving LUAG’s vision, at the centerpiece of which is a new Lehigh University Museum of Art.
Tong Soon Lee, Professor and Chair
Kashi Johnson, Professor and Chair