Department of the Visual and Performing Arts

The department of Visual and Performing Arts endeavors to serve the larger educational mission of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise by designing opportunities to engage fundamental human questions through the unique understandings engendered in artistic expression.  These understandings emerge from a collective imagining of who and what we are by giving form to the experience of being human.  It is our conviction that the process and forms of creative expression represent fundamental ways of knowing and constitute the basic human occupation with making meaning.   As such, we hold the pursuit of artistic expression as essential to the development of an individual and civilization. 

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Gilliam Center for the Arts


The Department of Visual and Performing Arts offers the   Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with     majors minors in Art, Music, and Theatre.

The Department offers a wide variety of courses for all    students, regardless of major.  These courses include practical/experiential applications like painting, ceramics, drawing, band, choir, acting, and stagecraft.  The department  also offers courses in the theoretical/historical study of the arts      including art, music, and theater histories, theatrical aesthetics, music theory, etc. All courses offered through the department    of visual and performing arts satisfy general education requirements for Arts and/or Humanities credit.

Please visit the websites for the individual divisions for more information about their programs, faculty, and opportunities.

Visual Art                              Music                              Theater Arts


Department Contacts

S. Adams-Ramsey          
Department Chair
Professor of Art

Gilliam 123
(276) 376-4579

Donald Sorah 
Coordinator of Music Division
Assistant Professor of Music   

Gilliam 129
(276) 376-4638

Michael McNulty 
Coordinator of Theater Division
Professor of Theater

Gilliam 137
(276) 328-0226