Visual and Performing Arts


Drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and watermedia—Michigan Tech's Art Minor (FAAR) adds dimension and depth to your Michigan Tech education. You’ll learn the basics of art history, and get into the studio right away. Develop skills, refine techniques, and sharpen perspectives.  

There is a space here for you.

  • Our program emphasizes new and creative ways to develop spatial skills and awareness, which makes it a great choice for engineering majors. It’s also an innovative complement to studies in science, technology, business, and other concentrations. 

  • Galleries and studios offer space to share, view, and critique work—there's also the Visual and Performing Arts Scene Shop and pop-up exhibits on and off campus.   
  • Expand outside the classroom with outdoor sessions including our summer sculpture course. Join the vibrant Copper Country Arts community with its active galleries and special events or consider Michigan Tech's more than 200 student organizations

Whatever you want to make.

Samantha Palumbo speaking in news interview

"Working at OLO [Ohio Light Opera] gave me professional design experiences outside of Michigan Tech, even before I took the official production design class."Samantha Palumbo '19, BA sound design

Student artist Samantha Palumbo was one of five MTU students who collaborated with gallery director Lisa Gordillo to design the exhibit, Salon! The exhibit showcased the work of 40 artists and writers, pairing art, poetry, and music to create an immersive experience. Artists came from local, regional, and international places - from the U.P to Detroit to England and Guatemala. Palumbo was interviewed by TV6 Fox UP about her work on the exhibit.