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Fast Facts about the
Department of Art & Art History

Art and Art History students take courses to create art and art history courses in which they study the work of other artists. Hope has facilities for printmaking, photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, design, and metal sculpture. Hope graduates are professional artists, art history scholars, art educators, graphic and furniture designers and managers of art galleries.


Photo Critique


What's so special about the Art Department?

  • Hope is the only private liberal arts college in Michigan whose Art Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD) because of its superior curriculum, facilities and faculty. The Art Department at Hope College has been accredited since 1974.

  • Studying art within the context of a liberal arts education enables students to learn the technical side of art and to also explore a wide variety of ideas providing a firmer foundation from which to draw their subject matter.

  • Hope's Art faculty are well represented in their fields, producing work that appears in national, regional and international exhibits and collections. Studio art professors have their own studio space so students can see their work in progress.

What can students do?

  • Opportunities abound on campus; students can work in the gallery, the art office, the slide library and as assistants to their professors.
  • Internships are available locally and through off-campus study in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington D.C.. Study abroad opportunities in London, Paris, Florence, and Greece to name a few.
  • Gretchen Schmidt '05 designed the exhibition catalog for Going Dutch, a visiting exhibition.
  • Exhibit work in the annual juried student show. Senior art majors have an exhibition of their work in the spring; a culmination of their studies at Hope.
  • Visiting artists work directly with students through workshops, lectures, critiques and presentations.
  • Take field trips to the Detroit Institute of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Frederick Meijer Gardens are some examples. There are many galleries in Grand Rapids, Holland and other neighboring lakeshore cities.
Pouring Bronze

Our Facility

  • Ceramic Studio with multiple kilns (both gas & electric)
  • Darkroom for Black & White and Color Processing
  • Macintosh Computer lab
  • Sculpture Studio with power tools and foundry
  • Slide Archives
  • Painting Studio with individual cubicles
  • Faculty teaching studios

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