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

“Sarah Bernhardt’s Handkerchief”, Carol Ockman, Professor of Art

Close encounters with Stardom. My Father’s Suicide, The power of objects.

A drama in one act.

September 15 and 16, 7:30 pm

Center Stage, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance

Keynote Lecture with Carol Ockman

FEBRUARY 13, 2017

Dr. Carol Ockman, curator-at-large with Selby Gardens and Rob Clark Professor of Art History at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. discusses this first of its kind exhibition of Marc Chagall’s love of flowers and the natural world.  Dr. Ockman will review Chagall’s life, including the various places he lived, and how that affected the artist’s outlook on life.

The event includes a plated lunch by Michael’s On East served at Michael’s On the Bay at Selby Gardens overlooking Sarasota Bay.  Tickets are $75.00 per person.  Register online at selby.org.

Carol Ockman, Professor of Art, SARAH BERNHARDT’S HANDKERCHIEF

OckmanPerformance_PosterWritten and performed by Carol Ockman

Directed by Thomas Leabhart

Close encounters with stardom, my father’s suicide, and the power of objects:

a drama in one act.

8 pm, Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2016

Seaver Theatre Complex, Large Studio

Pomona College

300 East Bonita Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711


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

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


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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