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.
Visit the Studio Arts Building and Herter Art Gallery from April 12-16 to view the first series of BFA Thesis Exhibitions on view this spring.
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.
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.
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
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.
View our FAQ sheet here. Information will be updated as it becomes available.
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.
November 12, 2020
Spring 2021 List of Courses: Diversity and Racial Justice in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts ...
November 11, 2020