The visual arts program at Lafayette presents prospects for growth and learning beyond the borders of the campus. Students visit and study in places as close as the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York City and as far away as Africa. A study abroad course takes students to Egypt over the January break to study the relationship between art and technology at several notable archeological sites, including the Great Pyramids at Giza and the Valley of the Kings.
Through the EXCEL Scholars program, students are paid while gaining valuable experience by assisting faculty with projects ranging from designing and building a waterfall, picking mushrooms, and framing drawings for an art installation to helping a hurricane-devastated neighborhood in New Orleans rebuild as a green community.
To help spread enthusiasm for the arts, the College has introduced the Maggin Family Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, awarded to exceptionally talented students to assist in their artistic aspirations and share creative projects with the campus community. Each year, a committee of faculty in the arts and humanities selects 10 students from the entering class to receive a grant of up to $7,500 over their four years of study. The fellowship is made possible by the generosity of Bruce ’65 and Jackie Maggin.
The educational experience for Lafayette students also is enhanced by visiting artists who interact with students and discuss their work.
Students themselves provide many avenues for creative expression and collaboration in the visual arts through organizations such as the Arts Society, Lafayette Association of Visual Artists, Ceramic Society, and the arts houses.