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Art and Art History

Engaging the visual arts to serve society

Today, more than ever, our information and knowledge are communicated visually. Opening our eyes to the power of visual images can help us discover new and insightful ways to share our thoughts and beliefs with others.

Art and art history at Calvin offers numerous programs to help you become someone who creatively and skillfully engages the world through the visual arts.

  • Studio art majors learn the necessary conceptual and technical skills to create, design and dialogue about art in everyday life.
  • Art education students learn to teach art in elementary and secondary classrooms.
  • Art history majors research and discuss visual images throughout history in various cultures.
  • Architecture students learn to create designs for structures that serve the needs of their clients in functional and pleasing ways.
  • Graphics students learn to communicate creatively and effectively through the use of type, layout, design and photography.

Visit our art galleries

106 Division GalleryCenter Art Gallery

The Center Art Gallery is located near the west entrance to the Fine Arts Center

106 S. Division

106 Division St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | Hours


News and Events

Calvin College will host the CIVA (Christians in Visual Art) 2015 Biennial Conference June 11-14. Join us!


In 2014/2015, the Department of Art and Art History celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The history of Calvin College is rich with art. Bringing to light the visual arts, their material importance for hearts, minds and spirits enriches the college experience for all. Over the coming year, we will shine a light up from the Spoelhof basement on the past, present and future of the Department of Art and Art History and the creativity that God has gifted us.


2014-2015 Exhibitions in the Center Art Gallery

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