• Art Programs

    Many Pipers gravitate to the studio arts and art history majors at Hamline. Hamline’s extensive program prepares majors for a variety of careers in the arts. Hamline students have also been successful at gaining premier internships at internationally renowned institutions such as the Tate Modern in Great Britain, the Museum for African Arts in New York, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

    The Twin Cities offers a vibrant arts community with countless museums, public art, and art studios, fairs, and cooperatives. 

    Studio Arts

    As a studio arts major you will be involved in a broad range of media from beginning drawing, life drawing, painting, sculpture, intaglio printmaking, as well as mixed media.

    Hamline maintains modern studio art facilities, including a 2,000-square-foot painting studio (with almost 1,000 square feet of north light), a printmaking studio equipped for the intaglio printmaking process, a 1,600-square-foot sculpture studio, and a newly dedicated 1,600-square-foot studio space for courses specifically designed for non-majors.

    Art History

    Art history majors embark on a well-rounded learning experience that combines the study of history, economics, literature, politics, sociology, and philosophy. Students gain the ability to interpret the visual aspects of a piece, as well as an understanding of the cultural framework that informed it.

    The Department of Art History maintains a collection of 80,000 slides and digital images for student use. Drew Fine Arts Center features a 900-square-foot, climate-controlled gallery, which houses a permanent collection.

    Careers and Graduate Work

    Hamline’s art and art history program prepares students for a variety of careers and graduate work, including:  

    Art investment and conservation
    Book or magazine editing/publishing 
    Archive management 
    Art administration 

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    ART 1540: Beginning Painting 

    Students learn how to manipulate and control the aesthetic elements of line, color, texture, shape, and tension on a two-dimensional surface. Content includes the use of oil, acrylic, watercolor, and/or nontraditional painting mediums. Students will also learn about stretcher construction, framing, and presentation.

    ARTH 1300: Dante and the Visual Arts 

    Students familiarize themselves with Dante’s Divine Comedy and read its most well-known component, the Inferno. The course explores the interaction of art and literature through the study of artists’ interpretations of the Inferno from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. 

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    Each year art and art history students are awarded departmental prizes and scholarships that include funding for foreign travel and museum internships.

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