Department of Art and Art History

 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.


NASAD accreditation

The St. Olaf Department of Art and Art History is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and is one of only seven schools in the state of Minnesota to be an accredited institutional member.


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