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About Us

Dean's Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the College of Visual and Performing Arts website. You will find it filled with information about the College, our excellent programs, and our talented faculty and students. I am honored to work with an excellent group of colleagues who make this place an exciting and enjoyable experience. Our goal is to prepare students for professional careers in art, music, and theatre by emphasizing learning through individual attention and personal exploration within the framework of a “faith informed” environment. 

The arts have the ability to reach people from all backgrounds, ages, and cultures in ways few other disciplines can. They fundamentally enrich our existence and have the power to change lives for the better. It is our intent that everything we do in the College of Visual and Performing Arts will have a positive influence on our students and ultimately make a difference in our ever-changing and challenging world. It is this commitment that makes the College of Visual and Performing Arts a special place to grow in the arts. 

I am confident you will find this information enjoyable and useful. I invite you to be a supporter of the College as a student, friend, or patron; your participation is welcomed, and your support is crucial to the success of our programs. We look forward to having you join our family of artists, musicians, teachers, students and friends, and with your support we can fulfill our commitment as leaders in Christian higher education.

Ted Barnes
Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts



The College of Visual and Performing Arts is an integral part of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and operates in accordance with the overall mission of the University. The College's purpose is to promote excellence through artistic practice and scholarship within the framework of a "faith-informed" environment. We are dedicated to producing artists, performers, and scholars of unique creative thought and insightful Christian faith. We are committed to helping our students develop an understanding of and appreciation for the important role of the visual and performing arts in society.