Art and the History of Art

Department of Art and the History of Art

Professors Abiodun†, Clark†, Courtright, Keller, Morse, Staller, R. Sweeney‡, and Upton‡; Associate Professor Kimball (Chair); Senior Resident Artist Garand; Resident Artist Gloman; Visiting Artists-in-Residence Ewald (fall) and Wirthmann (spring); Visiting Professor Davis (spring), Five College Visiting Associate Professor Falk (spring); Visiting Assistant Professors Levine and Rice; Visiting Lecturers Culhane and Lieberman (spring)

* On leave 2013-14.† On leave fall semester 2013-14.‡ On leave spring semester 2013-14.

Fayerweather Hall 1

Fayerweather Hall, home of the Department of Art and the
History of Art, Amherst College

The Department of Art and the History of Art offers students a singular means within the College to develop artistic awareness, historical understanding, critical faculties and practice in the visual arts. Students across the College may accomplish these objectives by taking introductory to advanced courses in art history and studio practice.  To identify and serve individual interests and goals, the department major is organized into two distinct programs: The History of Art, which offers two concentrations and The Practice of Art, which offers one concentration:

Art History: The 'Art' of the History of Art Concentration

Art History: Historical and Cultural Studies Concentration

Practice of Art: Studio Concentration


We encourage students to study with all members of the department. Students may switch from one concentration to the other within the department, as long as they have fulfilled the requirements of that concentration by graduation.