- Off-Campus Study
Ripon College offers a major and minor in studio art. The college also offers a major in art history. The department provides an engaged and personalized learning environment that prepares students to live in a diverse and complex visual world. The curriculum gives students the fundamental concepts, skills, methods, history and contemporary practice of image-making that result in an independent, senior capstone project. Art majors 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.
Examples of Student Artwork
Requirements for a major in studio art: 48 credits.
Three of the following sequences: ART 120 and 222; ART 130 and 240; ART 190
and 292, or ART 180 and 282.
ART 171 and 172, plus either ART 274, ART 374, or another 200- or 300-level art
history course, taken by consent of the chair.
ART 400, which can be repeated for credit, usually taken in the junior year in
anticipation of the Senior Studio Project.
Note: To reach the 48-credit minimum for this major, at least one elective course in
the arts is needed.
The senior capstone for studio art majors comprises two courses:
1) ART 500 for four credits, where senior studio majors are required to produce and
exhibit a body of high quality work which, in the opinion of the art faculty, is
both significant and substantial; and
2) ART 570 for two credits, where seniors present a thesis paper based on research
related to the student’s art production.
Students are encouraged to participate in off-campus programs, but preferably in
the junior year
Requirements for a minor in studio art: 20 credits, including ART 171 and 172, one 200-level and one 400-level studio art course, and the rest a majority of studio art 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. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. 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. 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.
A Sampling of Artwork from our Permanent Collection
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.