There are a variety of opportunities for individual expression and exploration.
Students have been awarded internships and have volunteered at the National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Sotheby’s Auction House, M-13 Gallery, Pace Gallery, and Rosa Esman Gallery. Students have served as apprentices to painters such as Richard Anuszkiewicz and Dorothea Rockburne. Locally, they have surveyed the art and architecture of Easton and Bethlehem, and they have organized exhibitions for area art galleries.
The Art Department sponsors field trips to museums and collections in New York City, Washington, and Philadelphia, as well as visits to local museums and galleries. Lectures by visiting scholars, critics, and artists and a variety of special exhibitions also enhance the program.
Exhibitions at Lafayette have featured such noted artists as Richard Anuszkiewicz, Helen Fankenthaler, Gregory Gillespie, Grace Hartigan, Robert Motherwell, Faith Ringgold, and Frank Stella, plus ancient art from Princeton University, Renaissance paintings, old master prints, and Russian icons.
The Richard and Rissa Grossman Visiting Artist and Exhibition Series brings to campus distinguished artists with whom students work during multiday residencies, including Gregory Gillespie, Leon Golub, Ann Hamilton, Xu Bing, Elizabeth Murray, Faith Ringgold, and Frank Stella. The Carol P. Dorian ’79 Memorial Lectures in Art History bring eminent art historians to campus.
The Experimental Printmaking Institute‘s student apprentice program enhances and complements the learning experience of students who are interested in fine and graphic arts professions. Students have been involved in various projects, including the Farinon mural project, print editions, research, and exhibition preparations for the Allentown Art Museum and the Michener Museum of Art. Students work side-by-side with some of today’s most accomplished printmakers and artists, learning and creating unique and important works of art.
Easton is a recognized center for local and regional art with over 100 artists, architects, and designers living and working in the community and numerous galleries exhibiting their work.