- Off-Campus Study
Ripon College offers a major and minor in art history.
Art history is the study of objects of art in their historical development and stylistic contexts, including genre, design, format and style. This includes the major arts of painting, sculpture and architecture, as well as the arts of ceramics, furniture and other decorative objects.
Students participate in the creative process as it is understood in the visual arts to the point where they can assume a critical standpoint and interact with the art world after graduation, whether producing visual art, preparing for further education, writing and research, working in arts institutions, art therapy or art education, or assuming a lifetime attitude of art appreciation. The Caestecker Art Gallery, adjacent to the Department of Art and Art History, features shows by artists with national and international reputations.
Examples of Student Artwork
- Senior studio art majors to exhibit work beginning Friday
- Women’s history, activism focus of exhibit to open March 29
- Senior uses time abroad as inspiration for her research about artistic portrayals of women
- James Thompson’s ‘Celestial Bodies’ art exhibit to be at Ripon College
- Article addresses collaborative work with Associate Professor of Art Mollie Oblinger
Requirements for a major in art history: Forty credits.ART 171, 172. Four 200- or 300-level art history courses chosen from ART 270, 273, 274, 276, 277, 278, 334, 335, 370, 374, 376, 377, 379, 383; CLA 250/350; HIS 214; or other courses as approved by the department.Studio courses are required, including one four-credit 2D course such as ART 120, 130 or 153, and one four-credit 3D course such as ART 180 or 190.ART 570 a four-credit capstone experience which involves a thesis paper and oral presentation. An internship for two to four credits is recommended but not required. Note: if you choose to not do a four-credit internship, then to reach the 40-credit minimum for this major, at least one elective course in the arts is needed. Art history majors are strongly advised, though not required, to enroll in two full years of college-level language study if they are considering graduate school, and to participate in an off campus program in the arts during their junior year.
Requirements for a minor in art history: 20 credits, including ART 171 and 172, the rest a majority of art history courses.
Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.
As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Likewise, Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.
Classes take field trips to major museums and cultural events each semester. Recent excursions have included museums and galleries in Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and Sheboygan.
Off-campus study of art is encouraged, and students frequently participate in programs based in London, Florence and other locations.
Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.
Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.
Items from the Ripon College permanent collection are exhibited across campus. You can view a few selections using the slideshow below. You also may view or download a guide to the Caestecker Sculpture Garden.
A Sampling of Artwork from our Permanent Collection
Caestecker Art Gallery
The Caestecker Art Gallery, adjacent to the Department of Art and Art History, features shows by artists with national and international reputations. Openings draw students and faculty from across campus. Learn more about the 2017-2018 Ripon College Fine Arts Season.
Tuesday - Friday: 1-5 p.m. & 7 - 9 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 2 to 6 p.m. and during evening performances
Rafael Francisco Salas
Click to view the gallery floor plan.
Visit the Caestecker Art Gallery Facebook page.
Caestecker Gallery 2017 - 2018
September 8-October 13, 2017
Art exhibit by James Thompson, “Celestial Bodies.”
James Thompson is an inter-media creative practitioner, with a reputation of being one of the most innovative and intriguing artists in the Pacific Northwest. This exhibit consists of kilnformed glass, inspired by the solar system. Thompson is a Professor of Art and Curator at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He earned his A.B. from Ripon College in 1973, and his M.F.A. from the Washington University School of Fine Arts in 1977. Thompson will give an artist talk in the lobby of Rodman Center for the Arts at 7:00 p.m. on September 8, as part of an opening for the exhibit. Caestecker Gallery, Rodman Center for the Arts. This exhibit is supported by the Caestecker endowment.
November 3-December 8, 2017
Art exhibit by Gyan Shrosbree.
Gyan Shrosbree is an abstract artist, who makes colorful paintings and assemblages from paint, tape, fiber, and other materials. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Fine Arts at Maharishi University. She lives and works in Fairfield, Iowa. Shrosbree received her B.F.A. from The Kansas City Art Institute in 1998 and her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2000. Shrosbree will give an artist talk in the lobby of Rodman Center for the Arts at 7:00 p.m. on November 3, as part of an opening for the exhibit. Caestecker Gallery, Rodman Center for the Arts.
January 26-March 9, 2018
Art exhibit, “Art and Mass Production: From Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol.”
This exhibition focuses on how artists use mass-production to disseminate their work as well as how artists use the concept of mass-production as the subject of their work. Examples of work by well-known artists will be on view, along with interpretive material written by Ripon College students. The exhibit is curated by Assistant Professor Travis Nygard along with students. Nygard will deliver a talk in the lobby of Rodman Center for the Arts at 7:00, followed by an opening for the exhibit. Caestecker Gallery, Rodman Center for the Arts.
March 30-May 4, 2018
Art exhibit by Pete Railand and Jenna Valoe.
This exhibition is a collaboration between Pete Railand (formerly Pete Yahnke) and Jenna Valoe, including works inspired by 19th century union banners, suffragist banners, and modern day activist banners. Railand identifies as a printmaker, educator, bike rider, self-taught musician and stay at home dad. He earned his B.S. and M.Ed. from Portland State University and an M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico. Jenna Valoe is a self-taught textile artist with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropolgy from UW-Milwaukee. She is a daydreamer who attributes her innate fiber skills to the abundance of makers in her ancestry. Considering place-making, symbolism, and magic in daily life, she employs large color planes in unique combinations to capture the calm of skylines and the sacred geometry of nature. Railand and Valoe will give an artist talk in the lobby of Rodman Center for the Arts at 7:00, as part of an opening for the exhibit. Caestecker Gallery, Rodman Center for the Arts.
April 27-May 13, 2018
Art exhibit by Senior Studio Art Majors
Brief Description: Art by seniors majoring in studio art is featured in the lobby of Rodman Center for the Arts. This exhibition is a culmination of the students’ studies at Ripon College, each of whom will have produced a cohesive body of work using the media and subject matter of their choice. An art opening will take place at 7:00 on April 27.