The Signing of the
American Constitution


In 2009, Hillsdale College commissioned artist Sam Knecht to produce a large oil painting illustrating the signing of the United States Constitution.

Hillsdale College was founded in 1844 with a clear commitment to the principles of civil and religious liberty that underlie the American Constitution. This commitment remains central to the teaching of the College. The commissioning of The Signing of the American Constitution is an extension of this commitment, and reflects a belief in the power of art to bring ideas alive.

As professor of art at Hillsdale College for over 30 years, Sam Knecht holds deeply to this belief.

His painting depicts the story of the Constitution’s signing on September 17, 1787, in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the same place where the Declaration of Independence had been affirmed 11 years previous. Although the signing of the Declaration has been painted frequently, there are few artistic renditions of the Constitution’s signing.

The painting currently hangs in the Kirby Center's Van Andel Lecture Hall.