Engaging the visual arts to serve society
Today, more than ever, our information and knowledge are communicated visually. Opening our eyes to the power of visual images can help us discover new and insightful ways to share our thoughts and beliefs with others.
In the art and art history department's programs, you will have countless opportunities to develop important skills in the classroom, in the studio and beyond.
The faculty in our department make teaching their top priority. They maintain leadership roles in professional organizations and are quite active in their respective fields of study. Our faculty members regularly publish scholarly books and essays, curate exhibitions, and exhibit their art at local, national, and international venues.
The department of art and art history occupies the entire lower level of the Spoelhof University Center and includes studios for painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, architectural design, and drawing, photography labs, and a woodworking shop. Graphic design/visual communications students enjoy other state-of-the-art facilities including two Mac classrooms and Calvin's fully-staffed Teaching and Learning Digital Studio located in the Hekman Library.
Explore Art & Art History at Calvin
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Learn how the visual arts best serve society and how to address contempory cultural concerns.
Graphic Design Major
Learn how to combine art, business, and technology to effectively communicate ideas and experiences.
Explore unique opportunities to travel and study art intensely as a first-year student.
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An Artful Life: Remembering Edgar Boevé
Calvin remembers Edgar Boevé, known as the founder of the Calvin art department and a daring thinker in the world of Christianity and the arts.
News & Stories, March 11, 2019
Reactivating a 2,000-year-old water system in Jordan
This June, Calvin College engineering student Sarah Cok joined the Clean Water Institute of Calvin College, the Umm el-Jimal Project, and Jordanian experts to restore an ancient water system in a Jordanian village.
News & Stories, August 15, 2018
Student photography guides senior citizens in their living space
Calvin students create artwork for the walls of Samaritas' memory-care unit in an effort to help residents in varying stages of dementia better navigate their living space.
News & Stories, February 22, 2018
Calvin College gifted complete set of Audubon’s Birds of America
Calvin College was recently gifted Birds of America, a collection of prints by naturalist and painter John James Audubon. It is one of only 120 complete sets known to exist.
News & Stories, January 29, 2018
Guided by the Light
The Donna Spaan Collection of Contemporary Art
Spark, December 01, 2017
West of the Imagination
Thirty oil paintings conveying Professor Franklin Speyers' love of the West will be on display in the college's Center Art Gallery from October 26 to December 30.
News & Stories, October 6, 2017
Art Prize installation challenges the notion of equality
In 2017, Calvin received an Art Prize Venue Grant to support an art installation at the Ladies Literary Club, a historic building in downtown Grand Rapids.
News & Stories, September 19, 2017
Stirring the World
Printmaking in the Age of Martin Luther
Spark, September 01, 2017
Partnering to improve mental health in Grand Rapids
In 2011, “Women Supporting Women: Supportive/Educative Groups for Ethnically Diverse, Urban, Impoverished Women Dealing with Depression and Anxiety” was launched in three Grand Rapids neighborhoods.
News & Stories, May 16, 2017
Guatemalan artists are focus of alum's research
In March 2017, Peter Cahill '16 presented his ceramics research at the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Portland, Oregon.
News & Stories, April 13, 2017
Cheryl Wassenaar becomes second Alumni ArtPrize Award recipient
Spark, December 01, 2016
Exploring the national park between the U.S. and Mexico
Spark, September 15, 2016