Art Department

Academics | Art

Department of Art and Art History

Ripon College offers majors and minors in both art history and studio art.

The department of art and art history aims to provide 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.

Students may qualify for a renewable art scholarship of up to $5,000. Contact the admissions office for details: (800) 947-4766 or adminfo@ripon.edu.

 

Student Artwork

 

-Alan Hanson
-Alan Hanson
-Celena Simpson
-Celena Simpson
-Paul Hausch
-Paul Hausch
-Nell Rae Forrest
-Nell Rae Forrest
-Cecily Hughes
-Cecily Hughes
-Amber Sotemann
-Amber Sotemann
-Avery Johnson
-Avery Johnson
-Katie Corbett
-Katie Corbett
-Rachel Von Arx
-Rachel Von Arx
-Nell Rae Forrest
-Nell Rae Forrest
-Ben Prager
-Ben Prager
-Cecily Hughes
-Cecily Hughes
-Gabrielle Chin
-Gabrielle Chin
-Celena Simpson
-Celena Simpson

 

Faculty

Travis Nygard

leeshippeyprofile2

Kendall McMinimy

Mollie Oblinger

rafaelsalasprofile

 

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.

Gina Litherland

September 12 – Ocober 15, 2014
Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman at 7pm on Friday, September 12
Opening reception in the Caestecker Gallery following the talk
Artist’s Website

 


GALLERY HOURS:
Tue – Fri: 1-5 p.m. & 7 – 9 p.m.
Sat – Sun: 2 to 6 p.m. and during evening performances

CONTACT
Mollie Oblinger
Gallery Director
Oblingerm@ripon.edu

Visit the Caestecker Gallery of the C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts Facebook page

Gallery floor plan: Download (pdf)

Gallery Schedule for 2014-2015

Fall Semester

Gina Litherland

September 12 – October 5, 2014
Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman at 7pm on September 12th
Opening reception in the Caestecker Gallery following the talk
Artist’s Website

Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg

November 7 – December 7, 2014
Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman at 7 p.m. on November 7
Opening reception in the Caestecker Gallery following the talk

Spring Semester

Trina May Smith

January 30 – March 13, 2015
Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman at 7pm on January 30
Opening reception in the Caestecker Gallery following the talk

Jessica O’Hearn

March 27 – April 26
Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman at 7pm on March 27
Opening reception in the Caestecker Gallery following the talk

Senior Art Show

May 1 – May 16
in the lobby of Rodman
Exhibit by Studio Art Majors and Poster Presentation by Art History Majors
Reception at 7pm on May 1st

Previous Exhibitions and Featured Artists

Jackie Hoving Exhibit

Jackie Hoving

March 28 – April 24, 2014
Artist’s Website


hark_driftless_reveries#8

Mary Hark

January 31-March 13, 2014
Artist’s Website


Mothers Daughter

Jessica Wimbley

November 8-December 5, 2013
Artist’s Website


Yosemite Falls - Joey Fauerso

Joey Fauerso

September 13 – October 17, 2013
Artist’s Website


Zane York

Zane York

wunderkammer
March 22 – April 19, 2013
Zane York website


Debbie Kupinsky - Keys

Debbie Kupinsky

Echo
Ceramics
February 1 through March 1, 2013
Debbie Kupinsky website


Ted Lott

Ted Lott


anomalous infrastructures
October 26 to November 30, 2012
Ted Lott website


Jimmy Kuehnle

Performance Artist
September 14, 2012
Jimmy Kuehnle Website

 

 

 

 

   

 


Mimi Kato

Mimi Kato


Digital Prints
September 14 – October 12 , 2012
Mimi Kato Website


Fall Semester 2011

Craig Clifford

Ceramic Work by Craig Clifford

Local Color
An Invitational Exhibition of Local Artists

Craig Clifford

Oshkosh, Wisconsn
Gathering
Ceramics
Craig Clifford Website


Spring Semester 2011

Criswell and Hankerson

Dennis, Mud Track, Sturgis, South Dakota
Chromogenic Print, 2010
by Criswell and Hankerson

Melissa Cooke

Madison, Wisconsin
lost inside you
Graphite Drawings on Paper

Lacey Criswell & Amanda Hankerson

Minneapolis, Minnesota
From Sturgis to Testy Festy:
Photographing Ephemeral Communities
Photographs

2011 Senior Art Majors’ Show

Artwork by:
Katie Corbett , Alex Dove,
Taima Kern , Ben Prager,
and Rachel Von Arx


Fall Semester 2010

Mollie Oblinger

Installation by Mollie Oblinger

Colin Matthes

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Making Do
Multi-Media Installation

Mollie Oblinger

Ripon, Wisconsin
Ripon College Assistant Professor of Art
deleterious ensconcing
Installation


Spring Semester 2010

Sculpture by Avery Johnson '10, Wall Piece by Jonathan Palecek '10

Sculpture by Avery Johnson ’10,Wall Piece by Jonathan Palecek ’10

Zach Mory

Chicago, Illinois
Drawings
Works on Paper

2010 Senior Art Majors’ Show

Artwork by:
Emily Hoffman, Avery Johnson,
Jonathan Palecek, Celena Simpson,
and Ray Zabrowski


Fall Semester 2009

Berenz Painting

Painting by Thomas Berenz

Eva Choung-Fux

Vienna, Austria
Engagements
Prints and Photographs

Thomas Berenz

Fond du Lac, Wisconsn
American Disasters
Paintings


Spring Semester 2009

Sculpture

Sculpture by Nell Rae Forrest ’09

Ben Rowley

Green Lake, Wisconsin
Form & Figure
An exhibition of functional and sculptural forms in wood

Ripon College Art Majors:

From the classes of 1984, 1989,1994,1999 and 2004

2009 Senior Art Majors’ Show

Artwork by:
David Bennett, Nell Rae Forrest, Naomi Kulow,Stephanie Lassen, Ryan Loomis, Sydney Steiger, and Tiffany Walker


Fall Semester 2008

Mixed Media

Mixed Media Installation by Lydia Diemer

Michael Kienitz

Madison, Wisconsin
Small Arms:Children of Conflict
Photographs

Lydia Diemer

Iowa City, Iowa
Profits and Castaways
Mixed Media, Drawing and Printmaking


Spring Semester 2008

avatar painting

Avatar, Painting by Dean Valadezfrom The Quick: ContemporaryReflections of the Human Figure

The Quick

Contemporary Reflections of the Human Figure
Featuring: Dana Dale Lee, Eriks Johnson, Jennifer Wroblewski, & Dean Valadez

ChunLok Mah

Ripon College Adjunct Instructor of Art
Eye-Dentities:
Mixed Media Installations

Abstract Art Inside Out:Externalizing the Creative Process

Student Selections from the Permanent Collection

2008 Senior Art Majors’ Show

Artwork by: Jennifer Johannes


Fall Semester 2007

Collaborative Sculpture (foreground) by Michael Ebeling, Rodney Hanson, Gene Kain and sculpture students

Collaborative Sculpture (foreground) by Michael Ebeling, Rodney Hanson, Gene Kain and sculpture students

Amy Mietzel

Madison, Wisconsin
Mixed Media Paintings

Michael Ebeling & Rodney Hanson

Madison & McFarland, Wisconsin
Cast Iron Sculptures

2008 Senior Art Major Show

Artwork by: Ryan Krolicki


Spring Semester 2007

Lon Michels in front of his painting Freedom

Lon Michels in front of his painting Freedom

Faculty Show

Eugene Kain, Evelyn Kain, Rafael Francisco Salas, & Lee Shippey

Lon Michels

Class of 1984
Madison, Wisconsin & Key West, Florida
Solo Retrospective: A Selection of Paintings

2007 Senior Art Majors’ Show

Artwork by: Jamie Lichon, C.J. O’Reilly, Mary Beth Grimm, Shane Ebel, Elizabeth Austin, & Tracy Matthias


Fall Semester 2006

Pity Party by Jon Wos

Pity Party by Jon Wos

Michael Meilahn

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Contemporary Glass & Mixed Media  

Jon Wos

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Reason Found: Recent Oil Paintings


Spring Semester 2006

Rapunzel by Rafael Francisco Salas

Rapunzel by Rafael Francisco Salas

Rafael Francisco Salas

Brooklyn, New York
Weary Memory: Paintings & Drawings

From There to Here

Student selections of recent acquisitions of the past five years from Russia, Ripon, and around the world

2006 Senior Art Majors’ Show

Artwork by:David Billings, Lindsay Bucholz, & Emilie Eichman


Fall Semester 2005

Detail from Lusiadas by Vyacheslav Begidjanov

Detail from Lusiadas by Vyacheslav Begidjanov

Susan Messer

Whitewater, Wisconsin
Mixed Media Drawngs & Handmade Books

Vyacheslav Begidjanov

St. Petersburg, Russia
Drawings, Woodcuts, & Literary Illustrations

Tony Ryan

Waterford, Ireland
Figurative Drawings


Spring Semester 2005

Three Jars by Rick Hintze

Three Jars by Rick Hintze

J. Shimon & J. Lindemann

Manitowoc, Wisconsin
One Million Years in Three Seconds: Photography Exhibit

Rick Hintze

Whitewater, Wisconsin
Studio Potter & Clay Sculptor

2005 Senior Art Majors’ Show

Artwork by: Rebecca Fettig, Emily Miller, Lindsey Salo, Austin Wenker, & Kate Zboralski


Fall Semester 2004

Ethan Jackson being introduced by Prof. Ben Potter

Ethan Jackson being introduced by Prof. Ben Potter

Roy Stabb

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Environmental & Installation Artist

Ethan Jackson

Portland, Oregon
Photographs


Spring Semester 2004

Stress Sculpture by Oleg Sohanievich

Stress Sculpture by Oleg Sohanievich

Faculty Show

Eugene Kain, Evelyn Kain, Ben Potter & Lee Shippey

Kathleen Meade

Freeport, Maine
Paintings

Jeanne Dietrich

Ripon, Wisconsin
Art, Technology and the Human Experience

Oleg Sohanievich

Russia
Stress Sculptures

2004 Senior Art Majors’ Show

Artwork by: Mary Dean, Leslie Deil, Kathleen Ellenbecker, Beth Huber, Mysti LePage, Sebastian Meade, Jared Nellis & Kari Wheaton


Fall Semester 2003

Boris Sternberg talks with student Rebecca Fettig

Boris Sternberg talks with student Rebecca Fettig

Boris Sternberg

New York City
In Times Like These: Woodblock Prints

Jason Loewe ’94

Green Lake, Wisconsin
An Exhibition of Wildlife Paintings

2003 Senior Art Major Show

Artwork by: Lindsay Hutchison


Spring Semester 2003

Sculpture by Alison Cassady '03

Sculpture by Alison Cassady ’03

Sots Art/Stress Art

Recent Additions to the Ripon College Permanent Collection

Kerri Cushman

Chicago, Illinois
Books of Art

Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art

Exhibition made possible by the generosity of Mr. Thomas Caestecker, the Marcus Fund & Mr. and Mrs. John Roesch

2003 Senior Art Majors’ Show

Artwork by: Alison Cassady, Katie Johnston & K.C.Schmitz


Fall Semester 2002

Computer generated art by Michael King

Computer generated art by Michael King

Michael King

London, England
Art, Science and Mysticism

Ben Potter

Ripon, Wisconsin
Phenonmena

2002 Senior Art Major Show

Artwork by: Amy Pausma


Spring Semester 2002

Detail of quilt by Laverne L. Roy

Detail of quilt by Laverne L. Roy

Laverne L. Roy

Jacksonville, Illinois
An Exhibition of Handmade Quilts

2002 Senior Art Majors’ Show

Artwork by: Eric Bice and Kate Kraynek


Fall Semester 2001

Untitled by Li Hu

Untitled by Li Hu

Li Hu

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Finding a Voice:
Work that grows from personal experience with art, literature and life in China

2001 Senior Art Major Show

Artwork by:Laura Verdugo


 

Selections from our Permanent Collection

Items from the Ripon College permanent collection are housed throughout campus. You can view a few selections using the slideshow below. You may also view or download a guide to the Caestecker Sculpture Garden by clicking: HERE.

Winter from Four Seasons, by Mimi Kato, 2006
Winter from Four Seasons, by Mimi Kato, 2006
Falls Road Bus from Small Arms – Children of Conflict, by Michael Kienitz, 1981
Falls Road Bus from Small Arms – Children of Conflict, by Michael Kienitz, 1981
Untitled by Michael Ebeling, Rodney Hanson, Gene Kain, and Ripon College sculpture students, 2007
Untitled by Michael Ebeling, Rodney Hanson, Gene Kain, and Ripon College sculpture students, 2007
Exterior: Daylight Factory, by Lydia Diemer, 2008
Exterior: Daylight Factory, by Lydia Diemer, 2008
Crabapple (from tree outside Rodman), by Ben Potter, 2006
Crabapple (from tree outside Rodman), by Ben Potter, 2006
“Marker No.5” by Rick Hintze, 2004
“Marker No.5” by Rick Hintze, 2004
Woodblock Print by Toyohara Kunichika, 19th century
Woodblock Print by Toyohara Kunichika, 19th century

 

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.

Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Art Museum
Haggerty Museum of Art – Marquette University
Haggerty Museum of Art – Marquette University
Chicago Gallery Trip
Chicago Gallery Trip
 

Courses & Events

Course Guide: Art & Art History

 

Calendar of Events: 2014-2015

Fall Semester

Gina Litherland

September 12 – October 5, 2014
Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman at 7pm on September 12th
Opening reception in the Caestecker Gallery following the talk
Artist’s Website

Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg

November 11 – December 17, 2014
Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman at 7 p.m. on November 7
Opening reception in the Caestecker Gallery following the talk

Spring Semester

Trina May Smith

January 30 – March 13, 2015
Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman at 7pm on January 30
Opening reception in the Caestecker Gallery following the talk

Jessica O’Hearn

March 27 – April 26
Artist Talk in the lobby of Rodman at 7pm on March 27
Opening reception in the Caestecker Gallery following the talk

Senior Art Show

May 1 – May 16
in the lobby of Rodman
Exhibit by Studio Art Majors and Poster Presentation by Art History Majors
Reception at 7pm on May 1st

 

Ephemeral Cardboard Art
Performance Art at Ripon College
Mimi Kato Exhibit: Ripon College
Ted Lott Exhibition at Ripon College
Ted Lott Exhibition at Ripon College

 

Advising

Ripon College encourages all students to embrace a Four-Year Career Development Plan. This plan is based on the premise that career planning is a development process that involves learning and decision-making over an extended period of time.

First Year

  • Incoming students are assigned a Faculty Mentor based on their interest area(s). Please see the FACULTY tab under your major area;
  • All Freshman are required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar, which is designed as a transition from high school to college learning, providing an interdisciplinary introduction to the liberal arts and sciences and the pursuit of in-depth study;
  • Freshman are encouraged to meet the career development staff early on and complete interest and skills inventories, and self-assessment tools; and,
  • Attend the pre-Fall Break “Major Fest” to explore the various major options and career tracks.

Third Year

  • Assume leadership positions in on-campus clubs and organizations;
  • Participate in mock interviews with the Career Development Office;
  • Attend the Wisconsin Foundation of Independent Colleges Job Fair in February and other relevant career fairs;
  • If relevant, begin to research potential graduate school programs and take the appropriate entrance exam(s);
  • Continue to meet regularly with your Faculty Mentor;
  • Continue to build a solid network and a list of work references, and build your resume;
  • Consider off-campus study: Semester and/or alternative Spring Breaks;
  • Continue to job shadow; and,
  • Gain further career experience associated with your education during the academic year and as part of a summer job or internship.

Second Year

  • Get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, athletic teams and/or intramural sports;
  • Attend the pre-Fall Break “Major Fest” to explore the various major options and career tracks;
  • Declare a major;
  • Meet regularly with your Faculty Mentor or match your interests with a faculty member in your major department. Determine which professors have areas of expertise most similar to your interests. Talk to people in the academic department to find out about faculty research, scholarly, and creative interests;
  • Attend on-campus career workshops;
  • Work with the Career Development Office to create an approved resume;
  • Job shadow people involved in various careers and professions of interest; and,
  • Gain further career experience associated with your education during the academic year and as part of a summer job or internship.

Fourth Year

  • Complete a Senior Capstone/Thesis in your major area(s);
  • Continue to meet regularly with your Faculty Mentor;
  • Perfect your interviewing skills;
  • Expand your existing network of contacts;
  • Finalize your resume and prepare cover letter;
  • Build a credential file in the Career Development Office;
  • Interview with on-campus recruiters;
  • Set-up informational interviews with target companies;
  • If relevant, apply to graduate school programs, and if necessary, re-take entrance exams; and,
  • Practice career goal-setting.