Excellence

Art and Art History

Julie Mehretu ’92
Artist and MacArthur “Genius Grant” Recipient

My decision to become an artist came while a student at Kalamazoo College. A supporting and nurturing faculty, a curriculum that allowed flexibility for me to explore my creative passions, and the ability to think critically about it all—myself and my art, shaped who I am today.




Olivia Bouchard ’15 shares her experience with her senior project as a Studio Art Major. "If you are passionate about something, make a statement to the world about it. Follow your dreams!"

Program Information

Professors: Hahn (Chair), Koenig, Lindley, Rice

Courses in the art and art history department cultivate skills in the visual arts as well as an understanding of them as part of the liberal arts. Many art courses have no prerequisites and are open to all students. They also provide a background for those students who plan to continue their study of art at a graduate or professional school. To supplement classroom and studio experiences, Career and Professional Development and senior projects can provide internships and other opportunities for experiential learning such as arts management, commercial arts, museums, galleries, and the lives of professional artists.

Majors offered in the department include a major in Studio Art and a major in Art History.

Art Department News

Problematic Art and Agonistic Space

22July2010  Evergood Mural, Kalamazoo College Associate Professor of Art History Christine Hahn published an article, “Maintaining Problematic Art: A Case Study of Philip Evergood’s The Bridge of Life (1942) at Kalamazoo College.” The article was published in Public Art Dialogue (6:1, 116-130) on May 27, … Continue reading

Public Lecture Explores Historic Treatment of Pueblo People

Morse Nora Naranjo Morse will deliver the annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture at Kalamazoo College on Tuesday, October 11, at 8 p.m. in the Mandelle Hall Olmsted Room. The event is free and open to the public. Morse Morse is a … Continue reading

Hornet (and Bee) Artists Feted

imTurnerThumb The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo has awarded Kalamazoo College Professor of Music Jim Turner its 2016 Award for Arts Leadership-Educator, and the Arts Council awarded Kalamazoo College Alumnus Ladislav Hanka ’75 a Community Medal of Arts. Turner, who directs … Continue reading

STORIES Wins at North by Midwest

toriesTHUMB EDITOR’S NOTE (May 24): “The Stories They Tell” won the Kalamazoo Film Society’s “Palm d’Mitten” Award for best local film. And the documentary won second place for best feature film at this weekend’s NxMW Film Festival in Kalamazoo! Pictured (below) … Continue reading

Intercultural Conference and Hip Hop Collective

Book club flyer Kalamazoo College’s Intercultural Student Life group presents the “Intercultural Conference and Hip Hop Collective,” a two-day event on April 29 and 30 featuring guest speakers, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, panels, discussions and a performance featuring five Hip Hop … Continue reading

Blind Date

iSeussArticle DI SEUSS NAMED one of two finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry! A first in the history of Kalamazoo College to have one of her own so honored. Di is an alumna (class of 1978) and Di is … Continue reading

Scores Make Waves

anThumb Answer this question, “What’s the best movie you ever saw?” and chances are your answer will be accurate  for a slightly different question: “What’s the best movie you ever heard?” Professor of Psychology Siu-Lan Tan, a leading figure in the … Continue reading

Disabling Life’s Challenges: A Paradigm Shift

IMG_4285.jpg Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College presents the world premiere of Immobile, a play by alumna Brittany Worthington ’13, on April 28 through May 1. The play is directed by senior Maddie Grau ’16 as part of Festival Playhouse’s annual Senior … Continue reading

Nights (and Days) in the Museums

useumThumb Join an evening of “Exploring Museum Careers with Kalamazoo College Alumni” on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Dewing Hall Room 103. The discussion and Q&A comes from the inspiration of Professor Emerita of Art History Billie Fischer and … Continue reading

Behind Closed Doors

oorsAunyeThumb I want to talk about being uncomfortable—or, rather, being comfortable with what is uncomfortable—in order to learn and progress as an individual in a progressive society. Maybe this means I want to talk about art, or education, or both. How … Continue reading