• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Facilities
  • Events Schedule

Art History


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


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.

Advising at Ripon.


Mollie Oblinger
Travis Nygard

Off-Campus Study

Field Trips

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.

Study Abroad

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.


Permanent Collection

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 2016-2017 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
Gallery Director
[email protected]

Click to view the gallery floor plan.

Visit the Caestecker Art Gallery Facebook page.

Events Schedule

Caestecker Gallery 2016 - 2017

Fall Semester


Rob Neilson

Son of a Detroit steelworker, Rob Neilson utilizes quotidien, “normalized” imagery for his sculpture, which has been commissioned for public and private collections. His work can be seen at the Chicago Navy Pier , Chase Park in Long Beach, CA, and taking up lots of space in his garage. He is an associate professor of art at Lawrence University.

  • September 9th 2016 - October 14th 2016
  • Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman, September 9th 2016, 7:00 P.M.
  • Reception to follow in the Caestecker Gallery


John Hitchcock – Caestecker artist

John Hitchcock uses the print medium with its long history of social and political commentary to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. Hitchcock’s works on paper and multimedia installation consists of prints and moving image that mediate the trauma of war and the fragility of life. Images of U.S. military weaponry are combined with mythological hybrid creatures from the Wichita Mountains of western Oklahoma to explore notions of assimilation and control. Hitchcock is Faculty Director of The Studio-Creative Arts & Design Community and Professor of Art University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • November 4th 2016 - December 9th 2106
  • Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman, November 4th 2016, 7:00 P.M.
  • Reception to follow in the Caestecker Gallery


 Spring Semester


Nina Bednarski

Nina Bednarski is a multimedia artist who uses landscape as a springboard to pay homage to nature’s perfection while blurring the line between urban and bucolic. She is a Milwaukee based artist whose eyes rest on folk art, street art, historic buildings, Japanese woodcuts, Fauvists, Surrealists, art deco, wallpaper design, subways, birds, water, migrations, gardens & truth.

  • January 27th, 2017 - March 10th, 2017
  • Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman, January 27th 2017, 7:00 P.M.
  • Reception to follow in the Caestecker Gallery


Jeremy Wineberg

Jeremy Wineberg is a designer, educator and visual artist working in painting, drawing, sculpture, video and installation. His work has been shown across the United States and has recently dealt with mapping, synesthesia, psychogeography, chaos and gravity. He currently lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin, where he also co-curates the Little Galleries and is a contributing writer the art blog Spackle Madison.

  • March 31st 2017 - May 5th 2017
  • Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman, March 31st, 2017 at7:00 P.M.
  • Reception to follow in the Caestecker Gallery

Senior Art Exhibit

  • April 28th, 2017 - May 14th, 2017
  • Reception in lobby of Rodman, April 28th, 2017, 7:00 P.M.