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About the Department

Carleton combines in a single department the creative aspects of art making and the study of art as a historical discipline. The Studio Art program helps students develop their skills in a variety of arts media. It also gives them a critical understanding of the function and process of art that fits well with the goals of the college's liberal arts orientation. The Art History program introduces students to the intrinsic qualities of artistic images and artifacts. Equally important, it considers the conditions of their production and viewing, their functions and meanings, and the roles they play in recording and shaping people, perceptions, events, and cultures.

Both programs serve potential majors, including students who go on to art-related careers, as well as students who take courses as part of their broad liberal arts education.


In-Session Boliou Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7am-10pm

Friday: 7am-6pm

Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 10am-11pm

  • Boliou Hall

    Boliou Memorial Hall is home to the Department of Art and Art History, and contains up-to-date, well-equipped studios, classrooms, woodshop, auditorium, and Slide Library.
  • The Studios

    Take a look at the studios and the people who work in them.
  • Photo Galleries

    Photos of art and art history students engaged in art and field trips, photos from junior and senior shows, 5th-year shows, visitors to the department and other photos of interest from Art and Art History.
  • Perlman Teaching Museum

    The Perlman Teaching Museum exhibits works from the College's collection, traveling exhibitions, and shows curated by Carleton students, faculty, and staff. The Museum also hosts the annual Studio Art comps show.