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Our Art major at Earlham College is unique because it emphasizes both contemporary craft media, such as ceramics, metalsmithing and fiber art, and more traditional media, such as drawing, painting and photography.

The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts opened in 2014. The $22 million facility offers separate studio spaces for photography, metals, ceramics, painting and drawing, and weaving, each wired for multi-media presentation; plus an art history classroom.

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New York Arts Program, which is an opportunity to apprentice with an artist or work as an intern in a major museum or gallery.


The Senior Capstone Experience is a project planned in consultation with faculty that leads to an exhibition at an on-campus gallery or to the presentation of a research paper, the curation of an exhibition, completion of a community arts project.

Two of our recent graduates received the Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship. Each spent a year studying a subject of their own design.

The editors of Halstead Bead have included Earlham College’s metals program among the best programs in the country that offer bachelor degrees in Jewelry/Metals and studio art, specifically its “Studio Art with a concentration in Jewelry/Metals” list. Halstead Bead is a company that supports jewelry and metals endeavors through grants, sells tools and supplies, and promotes artist, designers, etc. For more information, visit the Halstead Bead website.

Many of our graduates have gone directly into the world of arts, working in their own creative studios or completing apprenticeships with professional artists.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.