Art and Art History

  • Studying art or art history at Lake Forest College will prepare you for a wide-range of tomorrow’s careers. Artists are creative by design, and whether you study art making, or the vital role of art in history, you are training yourself in unique ways of thinking, resourceful research methods, and critical writing skills.

Students at Lake Forest have easy access to Chicago and free entry to the Art Institute of Chicago all year long. Classroom learning is reinforced by visits to Chicago’s many and varied cultural institutions, art galleries and museums. 

Department News

  • Helen Maurene Cooper celebrated the creativity of Chicago’s nail art community and the release of her new book Paint & Polish: Cultural Economy and Visual Culture from the West Side (Onomatopee, 2017).
  • Students explored the wide range of creative arts careers when they met with three young alumnae—an arts auction house account exec, a theater company house manager, and a web designer—during an on-campus event hosted by the Career Advancement Center.