Established in 1926 to provide Williams College students with the opportunity to encounter painting and sculpture firsthand, WCMA occupies half of Lawrence Hall and now houses 13,000 works that span the history of art and hosts myriad changing exhibitions. Dramatic spaces designed by Charles Moore are well suited to the display of WCMA’s permanent collections, particularly strong in modern and contemporary art, American art from the late 18th century to the present, and the art of world cultures. The Rose Gallery, a state of the art museum classroom, is emblematic of WCMA’s commitment to undergraduate education. Here, staff members work with individual professors to utilize museum collections to enhance their course offerings.
The museum recently launched WCMA at Night, an evening series of happenings with music, food, dancing and more, on the third Thursday of most months from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Artists, musicians, dancers, writers, students, and others re-imagine the museum as a site for connection, collaboration, and art-making.