Jang PhotoMaking and Studying Art Go Hand in Hand

The Williams art department is unparalleled among liberal arts colleges for its size and course offerings, its remarkable local resources, and the long history and strength of its major program. Occupying two buildings and sharing premises with the Williams College Museum of Art, the art department is one of the largest at the college. The department offers much more, however, than a rich array of courses in studio art and art history. Art professors engage with students in diverse spaces, from the classroom and the studio to museums in Williamstown and beyond. Students benefit from an array of opportunities—critiques, lectures, exhibitions, travel, and internships—as they progress through the program.

Majors take the helm when it comes to events in the art department.  The Art Majors’ Committee shapes departmental life outside the classroom, designing and organizing a range of events, from panel discussions and study sessions to informal lunches with professors. Students nominated to participate in the 1960’s Scholars Program invite outside speakers to campus, creating some of the most anticipated and exciting arts programming at the College from the ground up. Students exhibit their own work throughout the year in the Wilde Gallery in the W. L. S. Spencer Studio Art Building and at the annual Senior Studio Art Exhibition at the Williams College Museum of Art. Opportunities to present research projects in a public setting, to study alongside graduate students, and to interact with renowned scholars in residence at the Clark further broaden the experiential scope of majoring in art at Williams.

Department News


CHampagne Toast Large 2014All Art Majors please come to toast our graduating seniors outside on the WCMA Courtyard on May 15th at 6:30pm.

The Senior Show.at WCMA to follow at 7:00pm.


Tuesday, April 21st, 8:00-9:00 p.m. in Goodrich! Come meet and mingle with art majors and professors. Find out what courses in Art History and Studio Art will be offered in 2015-16! Free Food and Goodrich Drinks!

Laylah Ali ’91 (and Professor of art at Williams) opened a solo exhibit of new paintings at Paul Kasmin gallery in New York City.

aliFor more information and images, see http://paulkasmingallery.com/exhibition/laylah-ali–the-acephalous-series



Wednesdays, 11:45-1:15 in Driscoll Dining Hall

Everyone is welcome!





Scanned Document

The book is both a tribute to Mike Glier’s long, wide-ranging career, and a glimpse into his intellectual and artistic process.  Like the exhibition at the Opalka Gallery that inspired it, the book captures the spirit of each phase of Glier’s growth and exploration as an artist, by selecting representative works from throughout his career, beginning with Clubs of Virtue and White Male Power and ending with today’s Antipodes and Forests of Antarctica.  Richly illustrated, the book includes essays by noted art historians Lucy R. Lippard, Thomas Crow, and David Breslin, as well as an extensive, in-depth interview with the artist himself.

Mike Glier A 35 Year Survey Meander, because you can’t see much while marching


Sage College of Albany, 140 New Scotland Rd, Albany, NY, October 21 – December 21, 2014, Reception November 7, 6pm – 8pm For More:

Barbara Takenaga new paintings at the DC Moore Gallery

Barbara Takenaga's Two Waves

Barbara Takenaga – DC Moore Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Barbara Takenaga’s most recent paintings, which are her boldest and most diverse yet. For more.

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