Department of Art and Art History

Our Mission

The Department of Art and Art History values the universal human need for artistic expression and celebrates the contributions of artists in all cultures throughout history. We are committed to high quality teaching that develops the creative spirit, intellectual potential, and aesthetic sensibilities of every student. Through our teaching and advising, we prepare majors for professions in the visual arts. Our faculty, staff, and students collaborate to offer programs, activities and service projects that enrich the college campus and community at large. It is our belief that every person can contribute to the vitality of the arts in contemporary society and to the betterment of our shared communities.

Graduating with a major from the Gustavus Art and Art History Department prepares you to enter into creative practice in a variety of fields. Currently, our alumni are employed as art educators, museum curators, lab and research settings, leadership development in the nonprofit sector, entrepreneurs, software developers, professional artists, Professors in higher education, architects, graphic designers, interior designers, and landscape designers.

Unique features of the Gustavus Art Program:

  • Our majors take both a Junior and Senior Seminar which prepares them for professional practice in the field of fine arts, as well as offering the opportunity to meet and be critiqued by visiting artists.
  • Seniors have 24 hour access to your own studios
  • Seniors may apply to become a 5th year studio tech
  • The Arts Administration Minor is a unique opportunity to hone more entrepreneurial skills while still developing as a fine artists. All students in the Arts Administration program have internship experiences.
  • We encourage students to study abroad and have partnerships with schools in Ireland, England, and Italy.
  • We have a state of the arts digital facility and Green Room.