Macalester students can enroll in any entry-level art studio or art history course—no experience is required. Classes are taught by professional artists and scholars, and our urban location allows classes to take field trips to many galleries and major museums. Macalester students are in demand as interns at the Twin Cities' nonprofit arts organizations, including the Northern Clay Center, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Minnesota History Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center.
Advanced students may have opportunities to collaborate on research projects with professors, present at national conferences, and attend specialized workshops and seminars. Students receive the background and skills they need to win competitive opportunities such as an internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice or attendance at an undergraduate printmaking conference at Tokyo Fine Arts University.
Work-study opportunities in the art and art history department provide students with hands-on skills, which may directly benefit those wishing to go on in art or art history. (See the After Macalester section for an impressive list of graduate programs, jobs, fellowships, and grants won by our alumni.)
Studio art students can participate in an annual juried exhibit held in the gallery. Each spring, art history majors present original capstone research projects in a public lecture while the studio art students’ capstone project consists of an exhibition of original artwork.
Art Alliance Club
This student-run organization plans special art-related activities for those with a common interest in art. It administers the Drawing Co-op, an informal no-cost opportunity to draw the figure from live models.
Art History Club
The Art History Club is a student-run organization that plans special activities for art history majors, minors and any interested non-majors. The club meets several times per semester to visit galleries and museum exhibitions, watch films, and carry on discussions about art.