Our nationally accredited art program has a full selection of offerings in studio, art education and art history. Join us in one of the oldest disciplines known to man.

If living a creative life and learning about the visual culture of your world interests you, then the Department of Art and Art History has a full array of courses to pique your interest and help prepare you for a career in the arts.

Our majors experience a rigorous foundation in two- and three-dimensional studies, art history and advanced courses using materials and tools rooted in antiquity through the technologies of the 21st century.

In addition to our curricular offerings, we also have an extensive exhibition program in the De Pree Gallery. The program regularly crosses cultural and historical boundaries by hosting a range of exhibitions, from internationally recognized artists to showcasing our current student work. They continually expand the dialogue about the creative process through conversations with visiting artists, lectures, workshops and critiques that are located at points where art and culture intersect.

We also engage members of the art community in Holland and beyond through local exhibitions and programming, and the Borgeson Artist-in-Residence Program.

Hope is the only private liberal arts college in Michigan whose art department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD) because of its superior curriculum, facilities and faculty. The Department of Art at Hope College has been accredited since 1974.

We invite you to learn more about the opportunities we have to offer, and we’ll be happy to assist you on your path to the richness that a life in the visual arts can provide.

Program Highlights

Recent Blog Posts

  1. Object Lessons: Mexican People Portfolio

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    In 1946, the Taller de Grafica Popular (People’s Graphic Workshop) in Mexico City published a port...

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    Like her classmates in the class of 2019, Brianne Derfiny is at the cusp of transforming from a stud...

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  3. Juried Art Show Provides Hope Students With Invaluable Experience

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    The annual juried art show opened in the DePree Gallery on Monday, November 19th.  Twenty-eight stu...

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  4. Object Lessons: Calculus in the KAM

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    How is art relevant to calculus and calculus relevant to art? Every semester for the past two years,...

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  5. Bruce McCombs Exhibit in Final Days

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    The Bruce McCombs exhibit currently in the DePree Art Center and Gallery is your opportunity to feel...

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  6. Hope Connections Play Critical Role in Exhibit at the Kruizenga Art Museum

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    The exhibition, Living Tradition: Contemporary Ethiopian Christian Art at the Kruizenga Art Museum u...

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Hope by the Numbers

  • 98%Satisfaction

    98% of previous majors and minors in the art department ranked their experience as “good” or better.

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  • 91%Employed

    91% of art majors who graduated in 2015 are currently employed.

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  • 12:1Student-Faculty Ratio

    With a low student-faculty ratio, you can be sure of positive interaction with our world-class faculty.

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  • 100%Art Education

    In 2015, every single one of our art education majors was placed directly into the field after they graduated.

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