Art History Student Experience
Baker art history students have a multitude of opportunities for involvement in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes allow maximum interaction with classmates and professors. Art history students also participate in a variety of activities beyond the classroom.
Undergraduate Art History Conference at Baker University
Every year, Baker Art Historian Brett Knappe hosts an undergraduate art history conference for students who attend regional colleges and universities. The conference allows underclassmen at Baker to learn about presenting papers at a professional conference.Two outstanding junior art history majors are selected each year to serve as conference moderators. Senior art history majors are encouraged to apply to speak at the conference.
The Baker Art Club brings together art enthusiasts who want to pursue their interest in the many fields of art through a variety of means. During meetings, members take part in art activities such as sumi ink drawing, paper marbling, origami, henna tattoos and T-shirt decoration. The club also plans two events per semester, such as trips to area museums and participation in Maple Leaf Festival activities. The Art Club will curate an exhibition in the Holt-Russell Gallery in the spring.
Membership is open to all Baker students regardless of major or minor. Membership dues are paid by purchasing a Baker Art Club T-shirt.
The club meets every two weeks in the early evening on the first floor of Parmenter Hall.
Area Galleries & Museums
As an art history student, it is important to see art whenever possible. Baker students have access to a number of art venues in the area. Whether it is a five-minute walk to local art fairs and galleries in Baldwin City, a short drive to nearby metropolitan centers including Lawrence, Kansas City and Topeka, or even a regional flight to Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, Denver or Oklahoma City, you can devote a few hours, an evening or a full weekend to seeing the art of the world in person.
Baker art history students frequently engage in organized travel opportunities to observe art locally, nationally and internationally. During Interterm, Baker’s three-week session held each January, travel courses are arranged to national and international destinations. Students on the 2010 Interterm trip spent more than 10 days in Italy.
The evolution of art and many modern art movements can be seen in the museums, churches and architecture of other countries. To observe art that is unseen in the United States, students have the opportunity to spend a semester or a summer in another country to soak up not only a foreign culture but also a new aesthetic. Many study abroad programs specialize in a specific field of study. The director of study abroad at Baker would be more than happy to help you find a program in which you can study art in your region of interest. Art history majors have recently spent semesters abroad in England, Italy and the Netherlands. Find out more about study abroad.
Through years of generous contributions and University acquisitions, Baker University has acquired a considerable collection of artwork, including unique and historically significant pieces from different media. This collection is displayed throughout campus and in the Holt-Russell Gallery and will soon be available for classes in a new art viewing room. The availability of art objects on campus allows students the opportunity to study, observe and work with influential art of various historical periods.
Housed in historic Parmenter Hall, Holt-Russell Gallery is a campus gallery that features art by students and faculty as well as local, national and international artists. Students can exhibit their work in the gallery in the annual juried student art show, and all studio art majors exhibit their work in their senior year.