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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.

Why study Art and Art History at Lake Forest College?

We use the world-class museums and galleries of Chicago to extend our classroom experiences for teaching and original research. Our location gives us unique access to outstanding cultural institutions to all kinds, including a very special partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago and some amazing internship opportunities. 

The faculty in the department are all very active in their respective fields, bringing relevant expertise to the classroom that resonates in the contemporary world. Professors also regularly leverage their own professional contacts and experiences to provide students with career advancing opportunities. 

We regularly partner with other disciplines at the College, such as computer science, digital media design, entrepreneurship and innovation, and Museum Studies to strengthen career options. You will graduate with a strong foundation in the arts and you will be prepared to pursue a career in the creative arts or to pursue further graduate study. 

Department News

  • Susan Ryan '18
    Susan Ryan ’18 is getting hands-on experience this fall discovering exactly what goes into putting together an art exhibition.
  • Business and studio art major Sarah Spoto ’12 was named an “MBA to watch” by Poets and Quants for her success at the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School.
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