Department of Art and Art History

Changes in the Art History Major!

We are making some revisions to the Art History major, which should be officially approved by the faculty at its April 10, 2014, meeting. That’s why you may have seen a new course, Art 153, offered in next year’s class-lab schedule and no Art 150 or 151 offerings. Learn more about the new course, Art-153.

Students who are already Art History majors will have the choice to pursue either the old or new route to the major. The most noticeable changes are in the introductory course requirements. If you have any questions about this, contact one of your friendly art historians: Matt Rohn, Karil Kucera, or Christopher Tradowsky. Studio Art advisers will also be able to help you with this.





Department of Art and Art History Announces National Accreditation

St. Olaf was recently accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). With this accreditation, St. Olaf joins a prestigious group of 309 colleges and nasad-imageuniversities from all over the country.

Founded in 1944, NASAD establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Institutional membership is awarded through a peer-review process of accreditation. NASAD provides
information about degrees and programs to potential students and parents, maintains statistical information, provides professional development opportunities for faculty, and advocates for the arts at the national level.

John Saurer, Chair of the Department of Art and Art History recalls, “this was an intensive three-year process which involved all members of the department, numerous students, and many administrators of the College – a truly collaborative effort.  We gained valuable insight regarding where we have been and what we hope to become for future generations of students, staff, and faculty alike.”


St. Olaf Department of Art and Art History Mission Statement

The Department of Art and Art History at St. Olaf approaches the study of art as an intellectual and creative endeavor. The department’s curriculum provides students with the research, interpretive and technical skills to make and study meaningful works of art and to sustain them as artists and critical thinkers throughout their lives. In keeping with the larger mission of St. Olaf, Art and Art History faculty strive to teach students to make connections between cultures and across academic disciplines and to work creatively with a broad range of media and critical models. The Flaten Art Museum is integral to the curriculum with its on-going exhibition program and its permanent collection. Through the resources provided by the studio, classroom and museum, Art and Art History students learn to question, investigate and explore art in order to gain an understanding of its transformative power in the world and in their own lives.


Program features

  • State-of-the-art facility including digital media, foundry, ceramics, printmaking, photography, wood and metal shops, painting, drawing, and student studios
  • Studio foundation courses in 2D (drawing, painting, and printmaking), 3D (sculpture and ceramics), and all-D (photography and digital media)
  • Flaten Art Museum, offering 6–8 exhibitions each year, and a permanent collection of more than 3,000 objects for study, research, and cultural projects
  • Student exhibitions across campus and in the 1,400 square foot Groot Student Gallery
  • Exciting off-campus courses including Manhattan Interim in New York City, Drawing From Nature in the Bahamas, Italian Art in Context, and Sacred Sites of South Asia
  • A fifth-year art apprentice program providing a post-graduate year of studio experience
  • Dedicated faculty and staff who are practicing and exhibiting professionals
  • Proximity to the vibrant Twin Cities art scene with frequent trips to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, the Soap Factory, and many other galleries