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The Art department comprises studio art and art history, complementary and interrelated disciplines with a shared interest in the art object and its historical and theoretical contexts. The four art historians teach courses in western and non western art ranging from ancient to contemporary, and the three artists teach courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital media and artists' books. The two branches of the department are united both philosophically and, to an extent rare among liberal arts institutions, in actual practice. Art historians and artists participate on each junior qualifying and senior thesis exam, and students writing a thesis in studio art or art history are required to take at least four courses in the other discipline. The near balance of course requirements enables some majors to cross disciplines when going on to graduate study or professional work.

Two lectureships, the Stephen E. Ostrow Visitors Program and the Robert L. Lehman Fund, enable the department to bring distinguished individuals in the arts to the college for periods of up to a week. These visitors give public lectures and seminars with students, and Ostrow artist visitors often coincide with a show of their work in the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. Robert Morris, Michael Fried, Leo Steinberg, Linda Nochlin, Al Held, Dennis Oppenheim, Adrian Piper and Judy Pfaff are among past Ostrow visitors.

Upcoming Events

Artist Talk: Marie Watt

Marie Watt is an American artist and citizen of the Seneca Nation with German-Scot ancestry. Her interdisciplinary work draws from history, biography,...

2/27 4:45pm
Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award: Natalie Ball

Please join us in celebrating the twenty-ninth annual Bonnie Bronson Fellowship: 2020 Fellow: Natalie Ball Natalie Ball was born and raised in Portland,...

3/9 5:30pm
David Reed '68: Thoughts on Artists and Education

Since graduating from Reed College in 1968, David Reed has created paintings that explore the materiality and illusionism of gestural expression, influenced...

3/10 6:30pm

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