Art and Art History

Special Opportunities

  • Simon Koda '16, Egzon Sadiku '16, and Avielle Suria '15 received the first Joan Adams Mondale Scholarships for ceramics. Vice President Walter Mondale presented the scholarships in person in November 2014.
  • Sam Landsberg '15, and Cynthia Scott '15, have been selected for the Art Department's postgraduate apprenticeship program for 2015-2016. Former apprentices include: Noah Exum '14, Samantha Leopold-Sullivan '14, Erin Holt '13, Julia Dahle '12, Larsen Husby '12, Mike Fausz '12, Gretchen Keiling '08, Lela Pierce '08, and Anna Crabtree '10.
  • 300 bowls were made and donated by students in Gary Erickson's ceramic classes for the Empty Bowls Fundraiser March 29, 2015, benefiting Second Harvest Heartland.
  • Painting II students created murals in the hallways and stairwells of the newly renovated Studio Art Building, 2015.
  • Art History student Parker Field '15, presented a paper at the ACTC Symposium at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in April 2015.
  • Print II students donated original works to benefit the Simpson Housing Services in a show and sale at Burnett Gallery in the Chambers Hotel, Mpls. 2013,  2014 and 2015. 
  • Art students worked with visiting artist Tattfoo Tan to create Free Seed Libraries to be distributed at public venues as part of the International Roundtable 2012.
  • Students hand printed postcards highlighting St. Paul neighborhoods disrupted by the Light Rail project, supported by a grant from the Irrigate initiative.
  • Print students created a portfolio for exhibit at the Tokyo Fine Arts University, Fall 2008. A copy is on view at the Macalester Humanities Resource Center.
  • Arella Vargas ’11, assisted Mexican artist Artemio Rodriguez in printing his 8 'high woodblock print for display in Macalester Gallery as part of the Midamerican Print Council Conference New World/Old World 2010.
  • Pei-Hsuan Wang ’10, traveled to Jingdezhen, China, with ceramics professor Gary Erickson to see porcelain production in the city where it was invented. They stayed at Sanbao Ceramics Art Institute and visited universities, museums, and artists’ villages, Summer 2009.

    Sample Topics Courses

      • Race, Class & Gender in American Art
      • Color
      • Digging into Greek Art
      • Art and the American Culture Wars
      • Art and Technology
      • Dissent
      • Public Art
      • Architectural Drawing