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Welcome to the Kalamazoo College Department of Art and Art History. We offer majors and minors in both Studio Art and Art History. Please visit our pages to learn more about our programs, faculty, and studios.

Stain Glass window created by artist in resident, Fritz Bultman.

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.

News & Announcements

Alum Spotlight: Heather Boersma

Alum Spotlight: Heather Boersma

We were so pleased to have Heather Boersma ’89 present her show Covid Purse Diary at K in fall 2022. While we were setting the show up, we chatted with her about her work, her time at K, and her path after graduation. Heather majored in English when she studied at Kalamazoo College. She didn’t […]

Summer Funding Opportunity for Studio Art & Art History Majors – 2024

Summer Funding Opportunity for Studio Art & Art History Majors – 2024

The Art & Art History Department is excited to announce that we can once again offer funding to support summer opportunities for majors in the department. Kalamazoo College students who are declared Studio Art or Art History majors, including first year students who have declared and graduating seniors, are all eligible to apply to funds for summer opportunities.  

Distance Learning Spring Term 2020

 Kalamazoo College announces a move to distance learning for Spring term 2020. This difficult decision was made based on rapidly evolving recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and our local and state governments. This action is being taken with an abundance of caution. The health and safety of all members of our community and their loved ones must be […]