We are proud of our art history alumni! Please keep in touch. We would also like to hear from non-majors for whom art history has played a significant role. We will update this page as contributions arrive. Please send text, along with a recent photo, to Jenny Anger. Thank you.
What is art? Why does visual culture matter? How do images and art objects come to have meaning, value, and power within culture more broadly? These questions are central to the dynamic and intense engagement with art history at Grinnell College. We study art both in the particular time and place of its social and cultural history and as we encounter it in the complex global world today. Doing art history at Grinnell means approaching art and visual culture in multiple ways, from object-centered analysis to social-political history to contemporary critical theory.
The Ninth Semester Fellowship in Studio Art is a competitive opportunity for continued independent research in the semester immediately following graduation. This fellowship provides financial support, studio space, time, and faculty feedback for a semester of creative research in preparation for graduate or professional work. In return for these benefits, the Ninth Semester Fellow assists the Department of Art through various tasks, such as helping install student art exhibitions, and studio lab monitoring.
Caleb Neubauer '13 created a three-part short film installation as the culmination of his Grinnell-sponsored travels to China. He talks about how he finds inspiration, being mentored by art professor Lee Running, and coming into his own as an artist.
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State Rep. Scott Raecker, a Grinnell alumnus, has introduced a bill in the Iowa Legislature to sell a painting, Jackson Pollock's "Mural," owned by the University of Iowa Museum of Art in order to create a fund to pay for scholarships for art students. For more on the original story see:
This week, our host department, the Office of International Cooperation and Exchanges at Nanjing University, provide a full-day tour of Nanjing, complete with driver and guide. Our guide was a Nanjing native, a 25 year-old masters degree candidate in Linguistics named Yuan Yuan, but who asked us to call her Vivian. Most Chinese students whom we have met have an English name, which Vivian says they typically adopt in middle school as they are learning English. So one of the students in my class, Wang Li, is Lily, another of our assistants, Jia Shi, is Cici, and our very capable program a
Most days find me at my desk at the Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College. Currently I am preparing to travel to China as part of a long-standing faculty exchange between Grinnell and Nanjing University. Faculty from Nanjing come to Grinnell to conduct research and to instruct our students in Chinese language. Faculty from Grinnell travel to Nanjing to conduct research and to teach in their areas of specialty. The exchange is over 20 years old and has forged strong ties between Grinnell and one of the great universities of China.
Anyone who saw the Olympics may have gotten a sense of the sophistication of Beijing. Whatever TV can show, it’s nothing compared to the lived experience in China’s capitol city. From its wide boulevards, to trendy shopping areas seemingly without end, to skyscrapers that appear to spring up overnight, Beijing is a city relentlessly on the move. Compared to Nanjing, everything is bigger, wider, fancier, though Nanjing has the edge in pedestrian, bike and motor scooter traffic. Beijng is a car, bus and metro culture.