About Us

The University of Texas Río Grande Valley is a component of the University of Texas System. The School of Art consists of two locations in the southernmost part Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. One is located in Edinburg and the other in Brownsville. Both locations are close to South Padre Island and northern Mexico. The School of Art’s programs operates in a unique rich international multicultural bilingual environment that provides abundant opportunities for artistic development and expression.

The School of Art Faculty welcomes students to explore a wide range of media for the purpose of developing effective communication skills through the conceptual and analytical comprehension of images. We believe expression of the visual arts serves humanity. This creative endeavor promotes the development of critical observation, a strong foundation for communication skills and encourages the investigation of the natural world and the multicultural, social and political elements of a global society, and also encourages students to explore both traditional and contemporary fields.

The UTRGV School of Art (Edinburg) has a 73,000 square foot facility with the highest quality studios and labs in graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, digital photography and film photography with a wet lab. The School of Art (Brownsville) has 20, 000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space with very unique 20 foot high ceilings in all of their studios for optimum student art production in painting, ceramics, sculpture photography (digital and film), printmaking, drawing, an iMac lab for computer imaging and graphics, and a 3000 square foot out door open area for experimental art.

The School of Art supports the Guiding Principles of the University and encourages students to pursue lifelong learning and the development and practice of their discipline. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in various art programs. We also offer undergraduate and graduate study abroad courses in such countries as China, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Italy.

Contact Information


Rusteberg Hall 180
One West University Blvd.
Brownsville, Texas, 78520
(956) 882-8805


VABL 1.201
2412 Bus. 281 (Closner)
Edinburg, Texas 78539
(956) 665-3480