Art and Design

Get To Know Us

Front of Clack Art Center, Alma College

Housed in  Clack Art Center, the Art and Design Department serves students majoring in a wide range of studio disciplines as well as students wishing to study art as part of their liberal arts programs.

The Art faculty consists of three studio artists and an art historian. On average, there are 35-40 majors, 9-12 of whom graduate each year with a B.A. or B.F.A. in Art.

Our alumni are designers, teachers, museum curators, gallery professionals, studio artists, photographers, architects, and art therapists—as well as doctors, business people, social workers…


Art Faculty Dan Connolly, Carrie Parks-Kirby, Bob Rozier, and Sandy Lopez-Isnardi with Student Representatives Amy Merriman and Josh Gove

Art Faculty Dan Connolly, Carrie Parks-Kirby, Bob Rozier, and Sandy Lopez-Isnardi with Art Student Representatives Amy Merriman and Josh Gove

Three major programs are offered by the Art and Design Department:

• The Bachelor of Fine Arts in (B.F.A.)

This is the pre-professional degree in studio art or design. Areas of concentration include ceramics, digital art, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and three-dimensional design.

• The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

A more general study of art, this major is appropriate for students wishing to combine their art major with work in other liberal arts disciplines.

• The Bachelor of Arts with LQ Comprehensive K-12 Certification in Art

Combined with a second major in Secondary Education, this major is designed for students who are planning to teach in the public schools.

In addition to the majors, two Minors are also offered in this department:

•The Minor in Art History
• The Minor in Art and Design

The Art Building

Clack Art Center’s well-equipped studio spaces are open to students all hours of the day - and night. Class sizes run from 6 - 15 students, depending on the spaces and equipment involved. Students especially look forward to working in one of the Individual Studio Spaces available for Advanced Directed Studies students. A full-time maintenance person and 8-10 student assistants help to keep these work spaces functional and safe.

The Gallery

The Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery hosts new exhibits each month of the academic year, and visiting artists are regularly invited to conduct workshops or speak about their work. All exhibits are free and open to the public, so members of the community and artists from neighboring colleges often attend.