Art and Design

Student Opportunities

Beyond our art studios, students can find many exciting ways to extend their experiences and prepare for the work they will do after graduation.

Scholarships

Performance Scholarships in Art and Design ($1,500 - $2,000, renewable)

Each year, incoming students may compete for Performance Scholarships by submitting portfolios. These scholarships are renewable and have specific requirements for renewal each year.

Distinguished Performance Scholarships in Art (up to full tuition, renewable)

Each year, at least one student who has already been recommended for a Performance Scholarship in Art and Design, may be recommended by the art faculty for the Distinguished Performance Scholarship in Art and receive up to full tuition. This scholarship is also renewable. In addition to fulfilling the renewal requirements for Performance Scholarships in Art and Design, recipients of this scholarship must:

• maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA in art courses of 3.5

• enroll in at least two art courses per year, one of which should be in studio art

• In addition to the above, these students will be strongly advised to pursue a B.F.A. in  Art and Design or to combine a major in Art with another liberal arts major, minor, or teaching major.

Flora Kirsch Beck Scholarship ($2,983, renewable)

Each year, one incoming student who has already submitted a portfolio will be considered for this scholarship, with preference given to a visual arts student. In addition to the requirements for renewal of the Performance Scholarships in Art and Design, recipients of this scholarship must:

• maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA in art courses of 3.5

• enroll in at least two art courses per year, one of which should be in studio art

Employment In The Art Department

During the academic year, 8-10 Student Assistants are hired by the department to assist with studio maintenance and supervision, gallery installations, and other projects that support the work in Clack Art Center. While there may be positions available for first year students, many of these positions require the specialized skills of more experienced students. For information regarding Studio Assistant openings, speak with your advisor or the faculty member in charge of the area in which you are interested.

Student Assistants Installing an Exhibit in the Flora Kirsch Beck GalleryStudent Assistants Installing an Exhibit in the Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internships

Art students are strongly advised to include an internship in their academic plans, and for students in Graphic Design this can be an especially important opportunity. Students, with the help of their advisors, can research internship sites closer to home, or they can participate in the internship programs offered by the Philadelphia Center, the Urban Life Center (Chicago), or the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s Arts in New York program. Some recent internships undertaken by our  students include:

(List in progress)

Exhibitions and Publications

Art students are encouraged to exhibit their work in exhibitions and publications on campus as well as in professional juried shows around Michigan - and beyond. Here are a few of the exhibition/publication opportunities that regularly feature works by Alma students: 

The Annual Juried Student Show

At the end of each term, art works exhibited for the Art Department’s End-of-Term Review are viewed by the art faculty and elected student representatives, and the strongest pieces are selected for the Student Show, exhibited at the beginning of the school year each September.

The Pine River Anthology

This liberal arts journal is a collaboration between Art and English students who select works by student writers and artists for publication in the spring of each year. The Pine River’s art staff juries work during the art department’s Final Review each term.

Michigan Small Colleges’ Art Exhibition

An annual juried show, the Small Colleges’ Exhibition showcases works by students from Adrian, Albion, Alma, Kalamazoo, and Olivet colleges. Each year, one of the colleges hosts this exhibit, which gives students a chance to compete with other art students from similar private liberal arts colleges. Submissions are due late in the fall - watch for announcements by your professors in the Art Department. 

Spring Term Travel Courses in Art and Art History

Over the years, many Alma students have participated in travel courses in Art and Art History that take advantage of the unique format of the Spring Term term. Recently students have traveled to Paris, Argentina, New York City, and Southern Spain: 

Art History in Paris

Students from Professor Dan Connolly's Spring 2012 Art History in Paris courseStudents from Professor Dan Connolly's Spring 2012 Art History in Paris course

 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contemporary Art in New York

Students from Professor Bob Rozier's Spring Term course, Contemporary Art in New YorkStudents from Professor Bob Rozier's Spring Term course, Contemporary Art in New York


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Kappa Pi International Art Honorary

The Alma College chapter of Kappa Pi accepts new members each Fall and organizes a number of art-related events through the year. Twice a year, Kappa Pi members mount an exhibit of students’ art work in the Kerhl Library. Students eligible for membership are those who:

• Have declared a major or minor in Art or Art History

• Have taken at least four art courses, including at least one in studio art

• Have a 3.0 overall CPA and a 3.25 GPA in Art courses

To continue as a member, students will:

• Continue to work toward a major or minor in Art or Art History

• Maintain the required grade point averages

For more information, contact Kappa Pi’s faculty co-advisors, Carrie Anne Parks-Kirby or Bob Rozier.

Life Drawing Co-Op

Art students run the Department’s life drawing co-op, which provides members with opportunities to work with models outside of class times on a weekly basis. Each member contributes $15 per term which helps to pay the models’ fees.