Art and Art History

Study in art history and the visual arts, in the context of the liberal tradition, is intended to help students become intellectually mature and to encourage creative development and the searching for values.

The objective of the Art department is to educate students in the visual arts and in the humanities and to assist them in developing their perceptual and technical skills to handle problems of their craft. Considerable out-of-class work is expected in all courses in the Department.

The Art History major involves students both in academic studies and in experiential involvement in art history. Students in the senior seminar have designed presented and published original research, designed independent exhibits, commissioned original art works, and pursued internships at galleries and museums. After graduation, students have pursued careers in auction houses, galleries, museums, historical societies and colleges and universities.

Students in Art Education work closely with faculty from the Education department and the Art and Art History department. The curriculum engages the students in a rigorous studio program along with the teaching education program to prepare them for careers as both artists and teachers.

Majors in Art or Art History are encouraged to take advantage of international and domestic study programs, including the Center for Arts and Media Studies in New York as well as programs in Ireland, Africa, Italy, and the United Kingdom that are ideal for Art or Art History majors. The department allows appropriate coursework from approved programs to apply toward the major. (See all available programs at

Name Title Phone Web
Stan Shetka Professor 507-933-7376
Priscilla Briggs Associate Professor 507-933-7018 web
Betsy Byers Associate Professor 507-933-7377 web
Kristen Lowe Associate Professor and Department Chair 507-933-7379 web
Don Myers ’83 Instructor 507-933-7171
Gow Hwei Chen Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7019
Nicolas Darcourt Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7176 web
Teresa Konechne Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-6837
Jennifer Nevitt Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7176
Marsha Olson Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7380
Leah Creger ’16 Visiting Instructor 507-933-7019
Dana Sikkila Visiting Instructor 507-933-7018
Colleen Hanson Administrative Assistant 507-933-7919
Lois Peterson Professor Emerita web
Linnea Wren Professor Emerita
Bruce McClain Professor Emeritus web
Donald Palmgren Professor Emeritus