Art and Art History

Program Information

In an ever-increasingly visual world, art and art history cultivate essential critical looking skills that allow students to better navigate and respond to their communities, both local and global. Courses in the department take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of the liberal arts experience, and we encourage students to interweave their personal and academic interests with artistic expression and research across visual cultures. Many classes have no prerequisites and are open to all students; while more advanced courses provide training for those interested in postgraduate study of studio art or art history. Senior projects can provide internships and other opportunities for experiential learning in the context of the arts: commercial art, arts management, museums and galleries, or professional studio practice. In every case, our goal is to enrich students’ experience of their visual world and to develop the necessary analytical and communication skills in order to thrive upon graduation.

Our Studio Art courses provide instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, printmaking, digital art, documentary video, and combined media. These courses are designed to help you explore creative visual modes of expression and learn both traditional and innovative media practices. The curriculum’s directive is to familiarize students with contemporary issues in the visual arts, while developing practical and professional skills for future pursuits. To supplement coursework, studio classes participate in visiting artists’ and critics’ lectures, gallery and museum visits, studio visits, and a senior class trip to Chicago.

The Art History program aims to cultivate essential critical looking, thinking, and analysis skills that allow students to better navigate and respond to their communities, both locally and globally. Students in this program gain strong historical and theoretical grounding in multiple histories of art and visual culture, as well as in critical lenses and methodologies that challenge dominant narratives and structures. The curriculum hones skills in visual literacy, writing, critical thinking, and communication, and prepares students to enter a wide variety of graduate school disciplines as well as careers in industry, education, and the non-profit world. In every case, our goal is to enrich students’ experience of their visual world and to help them develop analytic and communicative skills that enable them to thrive upon graduation. Augmenting coursework, students visit numerous museums, work with visiting artists and art historians, and participate in the senior trip to Chicago.

The department offers a major or minor in Studio Art and a major or minor in Art History.


Anne Marie Butler, Assistant Professor of Art History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. BA Scripps College MA New York University PhD State University of New York at Buffalo

Juan Carlos Guerrero Hernandez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History . BS and MS Universidad de Los Andes MA National Univ of Columbia PhD Stonybrook

Christine Hahn, Professor of Art and Art History. BA Carleton College MA, PhD University of Chicago

Daniel Kim, Visiting Instructor in Art. Owner/Producer of own film company Pacific Union College and Loma Linda University (Radio, TV & Film)

Richard Koenig (Chair), Genevieve U. Gilmore Professor of Art. BFA Pratt Institute MFA Indiana University

Sarah Lindley, Arcus Social Justice Leadership Professor of Art. BFA New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University MFA University of Washington

Tom Rice, Robert and Jo-Ann Stewart Professor of Art. BFA Tyler School of Art, Temple University MFA University of Georgia

Art Program News

  • A Kalamazoo College alumna will be the guest of honor in a reception highlighting her recent exhibit, COVID Purse Diary, at the Light Fine Arts Gallery. The post Reception to Spotlight Alumna’s COVID Purse Diary Exhibit appeared first on News and Events.
  • An online exhibit dedicated to pushing for action against climate change while there’s still hope for the planet features two artists with K connections. The post Climate Change Exhibit Spotlights K Artists appeared first on News and Events.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor Eunice Uhm will discuss Anicka Yi, who has created memorable works of art that have famously contained olfactory effects. The post Talk Offers Flavor of Artist’s Olfactory Work appeared first on News and Events.
  • K has appointed 10 faculty members as endowed chairs. These positions are funded through the annual earnings from an endowed gift to the College. The post K Honors 10 Faculty Members as Endowed Chairs appeared first on News and Events.
  • Kalamazoo College is pleased to welcome the following faculty members to campus this fall. The post Kalamazoo College Welcomes New Faculty Members appeared first on News and Events.