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The arts at Antioch College are experiential and experimental.

We see the arts as important social practices that challenge  us to think from new perspectives, feel outrage or empathy, and cultivate a kind of civic imagination. Students and faculty study and make documentary and narrative film, radio, 2D and 3D visual art, and experimental theatre and performance art. They make art to express, question, confront, and empower. We encourage and support students to explore new mediums and to find synergies  with other disciplines and to engage with broader political and social ideas.

Visual arts faculty member works with a student in the studio

The Arts in the Curriculum

Student Work
An Image from cruel summer, a senior project by Judas Rose '19

An Image from cruel summer, a senior project by Judas Rose ’19

Photo by former student Leander Johnson for the Ant Farm Antioch Art Building Creative Preservation Initiative

Real-World Student Work Experiences

Students gain valuable real-world work experience through our Cooperative Education program, and document their insights on Antioch Engaged: our journal of social practice & professional engagement

After Antioch

Students who graduate with degrees in the arts continue their education in graduate programs in all disciplines, work as artists and activists, become teachers, work as entrepreneurs, and pursue a variety of professional opportunities. Here are a few: 

  • Ellie Burck ‘18 is a VW Media Fellow at MoMA PS1, an exhibition space that features artists’ retrospectives, site-specific installations, and curates a full schedule of musical and performance programming in Long Island City (Queens). She also has a part-time position as a video editor with Mercury Road Media, a young, start-up production company focused on amplifying women’s voices in media.
  • Odette Chavez-Mayo ‘18 is an interpreter at The Sex Workers ProjectOpens a new window and an apprentice at DDG FrameshopOpens a new window.
  • Iris Ryn Olson ‘17 is a candidate for the Master’s in Public Health (May 2019) and is an Activist Fellow at the Boston University School of Public Health.
  • Zeb Reichart ‘15 worked on the set or costume production of the Oscar-winning film Black Panther.
  • Forrest Humphrey ’15 is teaching at Youth Initiative High School in Wisconsin.
  • Sean Allen ’17 is an LGBTQIA Grassroots Organizer in Nantucket, MA.
  • Hannah Priscilla Craig ’17 is in the Language and Culture Ambassadors Program of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport in Malaga, Spain. She is also a freelance designer.
  • Cleo Van de Veen ’16 is Residency Program Manager at Worm Farm Institute in Reedsburg, WI.


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Arts News & Achievements

Lola Betz ’22 is a filmmaker, artist, musician, fashion-icon, and a true Antiochian. Lola is on the brink of completing a trilogy of feature-length films made at and about Antioch. Her work is rich, mysterious, and fun. Here is a student with great talent and potential. Enjoy this interview with Lola Betz ’22.


WHAT’S NEXT: THE FUTURE OF ART WITH MICHAEL CASSELLI ‘87 By Matt Walker ‘04 Michael has been interested in the hybridization of forms and media since receiving his undergraduate degree in visual arts/performance theory from Antioch College in 1987. While at the...