Art and Art History

Julie Mehretu 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

3 with K Connections Compete in ArtPrize

Russell Cooper ArtPrize 2017 Entry If you visit ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, be sure to check out three entries from artists with [...]

New York Times, Architectural Digest Feature Alumna Julie Mehretu

Artist Julie Mehretu A Kalamazoo College alumna is receiving attention from publications including Architectural [...]

May Marcia Wood Exhibition Includes Silent Auction

Artist Marcia Wood The late Marcia Wood ’55 served Kalamazoo College as a professor in the art department from [...]

Arts Academy’s K Connections

Artist and Kalamazoo College Alumna Julie Mehretu Julie Mehretu ’92 is one of 14 new members voted into the American Academy of Arts and [...]

Why Neibuhr? Why Now?

Former Kalamazoo College Visiting Professor Jeremy Sabella Several students from Visiting Instructor of Art Danny Kim‘s videography classes had the [...]

Good Fortune Uncovers the Latest “Unfortunate Series”

Kalamazoo College alumnus writes for Lemony Snicket Series Thank god for moms! Without them we wouldn’t have learned about the K connection to the [...]

MLK and “Our Moment”

Danez Smith Lectures at K on MLK Day What does the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.–his achievements and his [...]

Van Gogh Mystery’s K Connection

Kalamazoo College Alumnus David Kessler PBS will premiere Van Gogh’s Ear on Wednesday, December 14, (check local listings) and, [...]

Problematic Art and Agonistic Space

Evergood Mural at Kalamazoo College Associate Professor of Art History Christine Hahn published an article, “Maintaining [...]

Public Lecture Explores Historic Treatment of Pueblo People

Public Lecture Explores Historic Treatment of Pueblo People Nora Naranjo Morse will deliver the annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture at Kalamazoo College on [...]