As the creative and cultural heart of UMass Amherst, HFA brings together scholars and artists from a wide range of disciplines.
Undergraduate Major Programs
The World is Our Classroom
In HFA, student learning expands far beyond the classroom. Take a peek inside Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the University Museum of Contemporary Art, where students learn the inner workings of museum acquisition—and conclude the semester by choosing a piece of artwork to purchase for the museum’s permanent collection.
This year, HFA has the distinct honor of celebrating not one but two faculty members selected as part of the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series: Department of Music and Dance faculty members Jeffrey Holmes, professor of piano and trumpet, and Ayano Kataoka, professor of percussion. For this achievement, the two have received the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed upon faculty by the campus.
Alumni Who Uplift
Aretha Miller ’92 has a legacy of lifting others up. Born in Jamaica, Miller enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and it immediately became her second home. Now, she continues her work to make education more accessible for the next generation.
Funding Your Future
In the spotlight
For me, the work of Slavery North is teaching people about slavery in these specific regions, making this field more accessible to scholars doing the work, and asking the question: Which countries and regions have been allowed to forget their participation in slavery?
In the news
Judaic and Near Eastern Studies Department Announces Inaugural CBI Lecture on the Holocaust and Contemporary Social Problems
Omer Bartov, Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies for Brown University, will deliver a lecture on the Holocaust and contemporary issues.
A new exhibit on creating an environment to support mentoring called "Make Space in the Salon" will open on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Olver Design Building.
Assistant Professor of Music Theory Catrina Kim and Associate Professor of History Kevin A. Young have been named 2024 Public Engagement Faculty Fellows.