About Earlham College
Earlham College is located in the city of Richmond, in east central Indiana. The Richmond area enjoys an arts and cultural scene worthy of a much larger city, offering a symphony orchestra and chorus, a civic theater, and special concerts throughout the year. The Richmond Art Museum exhibits original works by regional, national and internationally acclaimed artists including two galleries featuring permanent collections specializing in Indiana art. In September, Richmond hosts a two-day Jazz Fest. As another way to celebrate Richmond's jazz heritage, four colorful murals have transformed building walls into an outdoor art gallery in Richmond's uptown area. There are also two murals representing historic Old Richmond found in the downtown area.
Founded in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends known as the Quakers, Earlham College is an independent, four-year, coeducational, residential institution of higher learning. Originally a co-educational "select" school, open only to Friends, by 1865 the college began accepting non-Quaker students, and hired its first non-Quaker professor in 1886. The college truly transformed after World War II with the expansion of facilities and buildings and the growth of finances. Today Earlham's 200-acre campus focuses on the Heart, a tree-shaded green where students often gather for recreation, study and observances. Each year well-known guest artist and speakers visit campus through Earlham's varied Performing Artist and Lecture Series and Convocation Series. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award both baccalaureate and graduate degrees.
Earlham's art department offers a four-year BA degree in art with a studio art emphasis in photography. The area of focus consists of at least three courses in photography. Students have the option of basic through advanced photography courses, photojournalism, or landscape photography to fulfill this requirement. In addition to building competency in this focus, each student also takes art fundamentals consisting of two studio courses in two- and three-dimensional mediums, three art history courses, and one course in music, theater or film. All art majors complete an intensive senior project in their area of focus, known as a Senior Capstone Experience. These projects customarily lead to participation in a senior art exhibition in Leeds Gallery or to the presentation of a research paper, the curation of an exhibition, completion of a community arts project or a similar public presentation appropriate to the project. Each art major completes an internship as well. Students also have the opportunity to earn credit as teaching assistants, gain individual studio experience, complete a special topics course, participate in independent study, and to experience the Ford/Knight Project, collaborative research with faculty funded by the Ford/Knight Program. Students of photography may also be interested in gaining experience with The Sargasso, Earlham¡¦s yearbook. The yearbook is run totally by students who develop skills in page layout, editing, photography, and design. Currently they are shifting from a hardbound printed version to a Web-based version.
The Earlham Funded and Controlled Merit Awards are scholarships based on student achievements or circumstances other than financial need. Available scholarships include the Presidential Honors Scholarships, Cunningham Scholarships, Bonner Scholarships, Wilkinson Scholarships, and others. These funds are awarded based on ability or involvement in activities. Recipients are selected by the admissions office of the college.