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Our Art major at Earlham College is unique because it emphasizes both contemporary craft media, such as ceramics, metalsmithing and fiber art, and more traditional media, such as drawing, painting and photography.

The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts opened in 2014. The $22 million facility offers separate studio spaces for photography, metals, ceramics, painting and drawing, and weaving, each wired for multi-media presentation; plus an art history classroom.

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New York Arts Program, which is an opportunity to apprentice with an artist or work as an intern in a major museum or gallery.


The Senior Capstone Experience is a project planned in consultation with faculty that leads to an exhibition at an on-campus gallery or to the presentation of a research paper, the curation of an exhibition, completion of a community arts project.

Two of our recent graduates received the Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship. Each spent a year studying a subject of their own design.

Many of our graduates have gone directly into the world of arts, working in their own creative studios or completing apprenticeships with professional artists.