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Welcome to the ART DEPARTMENT!

To Declare a Major in Art History, Art Studio, or Art History & Studio, first choose a faculty advisor and make an appointment to discuss your courses for next semester. Next, fill out the departmental Major Declaration Form appropriate to your route to the major, Art History, Art Studio, or Art History & Studio before you meet with your advisor. With your advisor’s approval then fill out the Registrar’s Declare Major Form.

Making 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 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.  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.

Accepting submissions for the Frederick M. Peyser Prize in Painting!
Painters, good luck!!

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Accepting submissions for the Frederick M. Peyser Prize in Painting!
Painters, good luck!!

#williamsartdept #williamscollege #peyserprizeinpainting
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Congratulations to our Williams art students who were awarded a 2024 BAA fellowship!
And thank you to the Berkshire Art Association!

#williamsartdept #williamscollege #artatwilliams #artintheberkshires #Berkshireartassociation

Congratulations to our Williams art students who were awarded a 2024 BAA fellowship!
And thank you to the Berkshire Art Association!

#williamsartdept #williamscollege #artatwilliams #artintheberkshires #Berkshireartassociation
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There is a lot of excitement for the 2024 total solar eclipse on the afternoon of April 8th, but when you look up, make sure you take precautions to protect your eyes. The eclipsed sun may appear less bright, but staring at it, even for a few seconds, can cause vision impairment or even blindness.

Solar eclipse glasses are available for every student, staff, and faculty member on campus. Eclipse glasses are needed to safely view the Sun at any point outside of totality.  Students, look for eclipse glasses in your mailbox in Paresky. Everyone else can pick up glasses at one of the following locations: Schow library, Sawyer library, the Faculty Club, and the first floors of Hollander, Schapiro, and Wacchenheim.

In addition to potentially damaging your vision, direct sunlight can also damage the digital sensor inside your camera, even the one on your cell phone. 

Posters have been hung around the Spencer Studio Art Building.

Please be safe and take care of your eyes (and your gear too).
 #williamscollegeart #williamscollege #artatwilliams #solareclipse2024 #solareclipsesafety

There is a lot of excitement for the 2024 total solar eclipse on the afternoon of April 8th, but when you look up, make sure you take precautions to protect your eyes. The eclipsed sun may appear less bright, but staring at it, even for a few seconds, can cause vision impairment or even blindness.

Solar eclipse glasses are available for every student, staff, and faculty member on campus. Eclipse glasses are needed to safely view the Sun at any point outside of totality.  Students, look for eclipse glasses in your mailbox in Paresky. Everyone else can pick up glasses at one of the following locations: Schow library, Sawyer library, the Faculty Club, and the first floors of Hollander, Schapiro, and Wacchenheim.

In addition to potentially damaging your vision, direct sunlight can also damage the digital sensor inside your camera, even the one on your cell phone. 

Posters have been hung around the Spencer Studio Art Building.

Please be safe and take care of your eyes (and your gear too).
#williamscollegeart #williamscollege #artatwilliams #solareclipse2024 #solareclipsesafety
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The Annual Stoddard Lecture:
'Existence by Design: From Medieval China to Modern Europe'

Eugene Wang

A neurosurgeon had sixty days to live. He decided to take his fate in his own hand. He finished building an enigmatic structure on an empty swimming pool a biologist before him had left unfinished. In the final moment, he went in and attained a different state of existence. What happened to the neural surgeon? What is this structure - one that in fact links medieval China to modern Europe? 

Eugene Wang is Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author of the award-winning Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China. He is also the art history editor of Encyclopedia of Buddhism. His research ranges from early Chinese art and archaeology to modern Chinese art, media, and cinema. He is also the founding director of Harvard CAMLab that explores the nexus of cognition, aesthetics, and new mediums.

The Annual Stoddard Lecture:
`Existence by Design: From Medieval China to Modern Europe`

Eugene Wang

A neurosurgeon had sixty days to live. He decided to take his fate in his own hand. He finished building an enigmatic structure on an empty swimming pool a biologist before him had left unfinished. In the final moment, he went in and attained a different state of existence. What happened to the neural surgeon? What is this structure - one that in fact links medieval China to modern Europe?

Eugene Wang is Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is the author of the award-winning Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China. He is also the art history editor of Encyclopedia of Buddhism. His research ranges from early Chinese art and archaeology to modern Chinese art, media, and cinema. He is also the founding director of Harvard CAMLab that explores the nexus of cognition, aesthetics, and new mediums.
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Speaking of color, check out this amazing student piece by Elsa Martin, currently hanging in the first floor reception area of the Spencer Studio Art Building!

#williamscollegeart #williamsartdept #williamscollege #artstudents #artatwilliams

Speaking of color, check out this amazing student piece by Elsa Martin, currently hanging in the first floor reception area of the Spencer Studio Art Building!

#williamscollegeart #williamsartdept #williamscollege #artstudents #artatwilliams
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Calling studio art majors, prospective studio art majors, and students taking studio art classes who might have questions or ideas that they want to talk about with the Chair of Studio Art, Laylah Ali.
We will be hosting a Q & A with Professor Ali with an array of delicious locally baked cookies.
Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm in the Spencer Studio Art Building Wilde Gallery.

#williamsartdept #williamscollege #artatwilliams #studioart

Calling studio art majors, prospective studio art majors, and students taking studio art classes who might have questions or ideas that they want to talk about with the Chair of Studio Art, Laylah Ali.
We will be hosting a Q & A with Professor Ali with an array of delicious locally baked cookies.
Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm in the Spencer Studio Art Building Wilde Gallery.

#williamsartdept #williamscollege #artatwilliams #studioart
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