The Department of Art and Art History provides 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.

Students write and give formal and informal presentations in virtually all classes. They develop skills in critical thinking and problem-solving as they learn to analyze critique, create and support artistic thought.

Examples of Student Artwork

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"Engobe," by Jessica Meuninck-Ganger

Exhibit of prints, hybrid media works to open with reception Feb. 3

“Willow and Ware,” prints and hybrid media works by Jessica Meuninck-Granger, will be on view Feb. 3 through March 3 in Caestecker Gallery, C.J. Rodman […]

Scott Strazzante, Ripon College Class of 1986

Whitney Houston photos by Scott Strazzante ’86 featured in new exhibit

Scott Strazzante ’86 of Mill Valley, California, is featured in a recent interview for OnChain Magazine. “Scott Strazzante’s Whitney Houston,” a show and sale of […]

"Postcard" installation by Liz Miller

Installation exhibit by artist Liz Miller opens Oct. 28

“Palatial Remix,” an installation exhibit by Minnesota artist Liz Miller, will run Oct. 28 through Dec. 9 in Caestecker Gallery, C.J. Rodman Center for the […]


Travis Nygard

Nygard, Travis

Associate Professor of Art History, Director of the Caestecker Art Gallery

Mollie Oblinger

Oblinger, Mollie

Professor of Art

Rafael Francisco Salas

Salas, Rafael Francisco

Professor of Art and Chair of Art Department


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Likewise, Mentors in the Franzen Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon


Requirements for a major in Studio Art: 48 credits. Three of the following sequences: ART 120 and 222; ART 130 and 240; ART 190 and 292, or ART 180 and 282. ART 171 and 172, plus either ART 274, ART 374, or another 200- or 300-level art Art and Art History 47 history course, taken by consent of the chair. ART 400, which can be repeated for credit, usually taken in the junior year in anticipation of the Senior Studio Project. Note: to reach the 48-credit minimum for this major, at least one elective course in the arts is needed. The senior capstone for studio art majors: comprises two courses: 1) ART 500 for four credits, where senior studio majors are required to produce and exhibit a body of high quality work which, in the opinion of the art faculty, is both significant and substantial; and 2) ART 570 for two credits, where seniors present a thesis paper based on research related to the student’s art production. Students are encouraged to participate in off-campus programs, but preferably in the junior year.

Requirements for a minor in Studio Art: 20 credits, including ART 171 and 172, one 200-level and one 400-level studio art course, and the rest a majority of studio art courses.

Note on majoring and minoring: Students who opt to both major and minor within the department must have their program approved by the chair of the department.

Career Tracks

Studio 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.

Unique Opportunities

  • Field trips to major museums and cultural events are taken each semester, such as excursions to museums and galleries in Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and Sheboygan.
  • Caestecker Art Gallery, adjacent to the Department of Art and Art History, features shows by artists with national and international reputations.
  • Students have opportunities to exhibit their own work, help curate campus exhibits and participate in campus art projects such as a decorative tiled sink in a restroom and creating scale models of objects in the solar system for a Planet Walk on the Ceresco Prairie Convency.
  • Through the Department of Educational Studies, certification in art education is available in early childhood/adolescence (birth-grade 12).


A Sampling of Artwork from our Permanent Collection