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  • Art at UMass Amherst

    The Department of Art is committed to educating its students to become contemporary artists and designers through in-depth core disciplines as well as interdisciplinary and integrated approaches to making art.

    Art at UMass Amherst

    The Department of Art is committed to educating its students to become contemporary artists and designers through in-depth core disciplines as well as interdisciplinary and integrated approaches to making art.

  • Fall 2020 Virtual Open House on October 18

    Meet Art Department faculty, take a virtual tour of the Studio Arts Building and upcoming renovations to the Fine Art Center, and attend an information session with the Undergraduate Program Director.  Also, you can bring in a portfolio and get feedback from faculty.

    Fall 2020 Virtual Open House on October 18

    Meet Art Department faculty, take a virtual tour of the Studio Arts Building and upcoming renovations to the Fine Art Center, and attend an information session with the Undergraduate Program Director.  Also, you can bring in a portfolio and get feedback from faculty.

  • Welcome Back Students!

    The Department of Art is so happy to be back up and running teaching our classes remote and in-person. We know these times are challenging, confusing, and uncertain but our faculty and staff are here to provide you with all the resources you will need to make for a successful and productive undergraduate and graduate experience.  We wish you a great spring semester!

    Professor Shona Macdonald,
    Chair, Department of Art

    Welcome Back Students!

    The Department of Art is so happy to be back up and running teaching our classes remote and in-person. We know these times are challenging, confusing, and uncertain but our faculty and staff are here to provide you with all the resources you will need to make for a successful and productive undergraduate and graduate experience.  We wish you a great spring semester!

    Professor Shona Macdonald,
    Chair, Department of Art

  • BFA 2020 Senior Work

    Please join us in congratulating our 2020 class of Seniors completing their BFA in Studio Art and read a congratulatory message from the Department Chair, Professor Shona Macdonald. Junior awardees from each discipline are recognized here, as well.

    BFA 2020 Senior Work

    Please join us in congratulating our 2020 class of Seniors completing their BFA in Studio Art and read a congratulatory message from the Department Chair, Professor Shona Macdonald. Junior awardees from each discipline are recognized here, as well.

  • Herter Art Gallery

    Herter Gallery is the oldest exhibition space on the UMass Amherst campus. Its primary purpose is to arrange for the display and study of works of art consonant with the educational mission of the university’s Art Department.

    Herter Art Gallery

    Herter Gallery is the oldest exhibition space on the UMass Amherst campus. Its primary purpose is to arrange for the display and study of works of art consonant with the educational mission of the university’s Art Department.

  • Department of Art and COVID-19

    View our FAQ sheet here. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

    Department of Art and COVID-19

    View our FAQ sheet here. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

  • Visiting Artists & Practitioner Series

    The Visiting Artists, Curators and Practitioners Series is on hold during the COVID19 crisis. Our series offers diverse and vibrant programming of between five – six speakers each of whom conducts a lecture centered on their work and practice, as well as visiting with students in their studio-settings. All lectures are free and open to the public.

    Visiting Artists & Practitioner Series

    The Visiting Artists, Curators and Practitioners Series is on hold during the COVID19 crisis. Our series offers diverse and vibrant programming of between five – six speakers each of whom conducts a lecture centered on their work and practice, as well as visiting with students in their studio-settings. All lectures are free and open to the public.

News

Turn Back Time: A Century-Old Carousel Reveals New Insights through Memory

December 07, 2020

Coming across a full-size, antique carousel in a nearly vacant academic building will stop you in your tracks. But it’s the sound that gets you. Vimoksha by Kathryn Fanelli ‘20MFA­—part of her thesis exhibition entitled The Passing Show—is a site-specific installation of a century-old merry-go-round, which has been stripped of paint and gilding to reveal a bare, wooden platform and stark, metallic horses. It was originally intended to be interactive, experienced by students and others as they moved through the Studio Arts Building on the UMass Amherst campus during their daily routines, and powered by electric motor. Due to the building’s limited use resulting from restrictions put in place in response to COVID-19, Vimoksha can be experienced in small groups by appointment only. And it's powered manually.

Diversity and Racial Justice Courses

November 12, 2020

Spring 2021 List of Courses: Diversity and Racial Justice in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts ...

Advising for Art Minors

November 11, 2020

Dear students,...

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Events

Feb
25

Visiting Artist Patrick Jacobs

via Zoom
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Mar
18

Visiting Artist AMERICAN ARTIST

via Zoom
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Apr
08
More Events »

For comprehensive resources and updates regarding the University's response to COVID-19, please visit the UMass Amherst Coronavirus website.

Student painting of two chairs and a table with a blue cloth on it.

The Department of Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers post-secondary education in a full range of disciplines. These include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, animation and intermedia.

About the Art Department