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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

Barbara Takenaga new paintings at the DC Moore Gallery

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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.

Laylah Ali launches new art project

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Laylah Ali’s “John Brown Song!” launches as the most recent addition to the artists’ web series sponsored by the Dia Art Foundation. View “John Brown Song!”

Art Major Nicolei Gupit ’13 paints mural for Mount Greylock Regional High School

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“Light is a source of inspiration,” says Williams art major Nicolei Gupit ’13. “And I wanted this space to be inspirational.” Full press release.

Professor Hedreen wins Guggenheim Fellowship

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Guy Hedreen, professor of art at Williams College, has been named a 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow for his project, “The Iambic Artist in Greek Art, Lyric Poetry, and Homeric Epic.” Full press release.

Professor Haxthausen wins Association of Art Museum Curators Awards for Excellence

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Professor Mark Haxthausen’s exhibition, Sol LeWitt: The Well-Tempered Grid, wins a first-ever Association of Art Museum Curators Awards for Excellence for the Williams College Museum of Art. Read the full press release, or see a video on Professor Haxthausen’s work.

 

Art Major Emmanuel Whyte awarded Watson Fellowship

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Whyte will pursue a project titled “Engaging the Gaze: Exploring Race, Identity, and Masculinity through an Artistic Lens.” The work will take him to France, Ghana, and Japan, interacting with artists in different cultural contexts and examining questions of racial identity as he hones his own artistic abilities. Congratulations, Emmanuel!

Professor Chavoya’s exhibition opens in Mexico City

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 Professor Chavoya’s exhibition, Asco: the Elite of the Obscure, opens in Mexico City. Check out the description at MUAC (Spanish), and review by Los Angeles Times.
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