Art Commons Room 208
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 in London
Several great internships plus an influential professor led Chloe Nelson ’10 (Atherton, Calif.) to pursue a master’s degree in art history at London’s Courtauld Institute. She began her year-long program there in September.
Art Alliance Club
This student-run club serves to bring together students under the common interest of studying and creating art, both on campus and in the greater community.