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The Hill in the Making
The Hill in the Making
Professor Bob McVaugh's Bicentennial exhibition in Colgate's Clifford Gallery is an exploration of the development of Colgate’s distinctive campus. ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
What is Art?
What is Art?
Kallmyer was one of 11 artists in residence during the two-month-long Perfect Strangers: Machine Project and the Hamiltonians. READ MORE about Kallmyer's work
Academic Program in Art and Art History
Academic Program in Art and Art History
Our academic offerings give you plenty of opportunities to explore new and old areas of interest. READ MORE about the program in Art and Art History
Art and Art History Faculty
Art and Art History Faculty
Compelling instruction and visionary projects. Meet our art and art history faculty.
DeWitt Godfrey's Sculpture Odin
DeWitt Godfrey's Sculpture Odin
Godfrey's sculpture Odin fuses arts & sciences.  MORE ON ODIN
Portfolio Submissions
Portfolio Submissions
Interested in joining our department? Though not required, you can submit an art portfolio with your application. READ MORE about portfolio submissions
Examine the history, theory, and practice of the visual arts. Join us in our exploration of the arts, whether you're pursuing your interests in an elective or as a full course of study.

About Art and Art History

We offer the following majors:
We also offer the following minors:

Studio Art

Our studio art courses provide instruction in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, motion picture production, printmaking, computer imaging, and combined media. These courses are designed to help you explore creative visual modes of expression and gain familiarity with contemporary issues in the visual arts.

Studio practice is augmented by a weekly lecture series, gallery exhibitions, film and video screenings, and guest artists.

Museum Studies

Students may also choose to minor in museum studies, working with faculty from the art and art history department, sociology and anthropology department, history department, and the university museums.

Art History

Our faculty also teach more than 20 courses in art history that trace the visual arts from antiquity to the present day. We supplement class lectures with visits to area museums, museums in New York City, and close examinations of the works in the following Colgate settings:
Please see the Campus Calendar for all upcoming campus events

Success after Colgate

Colgate alumni who majored in Art and Art History are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors!

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Department Contacts

Chair: Padma Kaimal
Administrative assistant: Lois Wilcox (
Office: Little Hall
Phone: 315-228-7633
Dept. Fax: 315-228-7787