The visual arts matter in today's society, changing how we see ourselves and the world around us. In a world preoccupied with images, studying the visual arts offers opportunities to alter how people think and act.

Overview

Calvin's studio art program will help you develop your craft in a way that gives shape to your ideas and beliefs. 

  • choose a concentration in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture or visual communication
  • exhibit your work on-campus or at our gallery downtown Grand Rapids
  • get involved in Grand Rapids' vibrant art community
  • explore how the arts can serve your community

Careers in Art

  • Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Ceramist
  • Photographer
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Join other students in writing and photographing for the Chimes or Dialogue; get involved with the Calvin Video Network and the Visual Arts Guild.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Edgar G. Boeve' Art Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those with an interest in pursuing a career in art
  • apply through the art and art history department
Maurice and Eunice Bolt Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; preference to those who wish to teach music or art within a public school system
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Helen Bonzelaar Art Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,200
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; major in art education
  • apply through the art and art history department
Sandra Bowden Art Scholarship
James and Arthea DeBoer Arts and Media Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required; be a graduate of Timothy Christian HS (Elmhurst, IL) or Holland Christian HS (Holland, MI)
  • automatic consideration
Henrietta DeLoof Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 2.8+
  • preference given to future teachers who best demonstrate an interest in incorporating the world of art into his or her classroom
  • apply through the art and art history department
Henry Van Andel Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; first preference to those majoring in art history, then to those majoring in art education
  • apply through the art and art history department
Curt and Lisa Vander Meer Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; intending to be a studio artist or art educator
  • apply through the art and art history department
Joel S. Vander Sloot Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need considered; preference to those concentrating in photography
  • apply through the art and art history department
Martin P. and Florence DeGraaff Wiebenga Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • automatic consideration
Johanna Kempers Wyngaarden Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,700
  • any class level
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; be pursuing an art studio major or an art education major OR be a music major concentrating in piano performance
  • apply through the art and art history department or the music department
Johanna Kempers Wyngaarden Scholarship
  • award amount: $4,700
  • any class level
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required; be pursuing an art studio major or an art education major OR be a music major concentrating in piano performance
  • apply through the art and art history department or the music department
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

You Kyong Ahn

You Kyong Ahn
Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture
Pre-architecture program advisor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 105A
ya22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6038

Mandy Cano Villalobos

Mandy Cano Villalobos
Assistant Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 103B
mb39@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6935

Anna Greidanus

Anna Greidanus
Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 106A
greida@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6277

Craig Hanson

Craig Hanson
Associate Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 209
cah26@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7544

Jennifer Hoag

Jennifer Hoag
Professor
Department of Art and Art History
jsteensm@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6330

Henry Luttikhuizen

Henry Luttikhuizen
Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Art History
SC 105B
lutt@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6327

Franklin Speyers

Franklin Speyers
Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 128
speyrf@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6184

Elizabeth Van Arragon

Elizabeth Van Arragon
Associate Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 207
ejv9@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6637

Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk

Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk
Associate Professor, department chair
Department of Art and Art History
SC 104A
jpv2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6331

Adam Wolpa

Adam Wolpa
Associate Professor, Sabbatical fall & int
Department of Art and Art History
SC 104B
arw3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7640

Talk to us

Anna Greidanus Anna Greidanus
Program Director
Department of Art and Art History
SC 106A
greida@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6277

Admissions

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Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Art as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Contact Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk for more information about teacher certification in Art

Contact Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk, Debra Freeberg, for more information about teacher certification in Fine Arts .

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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