Art at Aquinas College

Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and Art at AQ

The Aquinas College Art Department has a unique relationship with the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Lena Meijer endowed a professorship in the history of art and tied it to the curator of sculpture at the Frederick Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Initially held by Dr. Joseph Becherer, and currently held by Dr. Jochen Wierich, the professorship provides a great platform to connect art students and faculty at Aquinas with a premier collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. This endowed chair gives students the opportunity to study with a practicing curator at a major museum. Click here to read more about Dr. Wierich.

Look around campus and you will see several loans from the Meijer Gardens Sculpture collection, such as Joseph Kinnebrew’s wood sculpture, Untitled, inside the Art and Music Center or John Safer’s bronze The Dancer and the Dance in Holmdene.

Additionally, our art classes provide complementary admission to the Gardens.