Art Department Events

Most departmental events take place in the Eli Marsh Gallery (105 Fayerweather Hall) or Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather). Check this calendar often for updates—events are added and edited frequently. For additional arts events on campus, see what’s happening at the Mead.

April 2019

Thu, Apr 4, 2019

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Rapaport Lecture in Contemporary Art: Kunié Sugiura

4:30 pm Fayerweather Hall, 115 - Pruyne Lecture Hall

Kunié Sugiura will give this annual lecture at Amherst this spring. She was born in Nagoya, Japan. After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1967, she went to New York with two classmates and since then has been working and living there. As she herself states, “From the beginning I thought of photography as important [a] media as painting and sculpture. [I make] artworks using [the] concepts and process of photography.”

Her major exhibitions include:
Vision and Expression, Eastman Museum (1969)
Annual Exhibition of Painting, Whitney Museum (1972)
New Photography 13, MOMA, NY (1997)
For a New World to Come; Japan 1968-1979, MFA Houston and Grey Art NYU Gallery (2015)
Aspiring Experiments; 50 years in New York, Tokyo Photography and Art Museum (2018)

The Rapaport Lectureship in Contemporary Art Fund, established in 1999 at Amherst College, provides support for an annual lecture by an artist, art writer or art critic on some aspect of contemporary art. The goal of the Rapaport Lectureship is to increase awareness and appreciation of contemporary art among students and the community. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Fri, Apr 12, 2019

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Free, Live Show in a Haunted Attic at Amherst

Macon Reed’s “World-Making” class and visiting artists from Whoop Dee Doo invite you to a free, live show. This unique and unforgettable lightning-fast show will take place in an immersive haunted attic space as a collaboration with multiple local artists and performers. Showings will be at 5, 5:15, 5:30 and 5:45 p.m.

This is a very unusual and special event for Amherst College-- don't miss it!

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

Amherst College Student Honors Exhibition

Studio Honors Senior Thesis Exhibition

until May 26 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Works of art by the following Senior Thesis Students will be on display:
Joanna Booth

Jonathan Jackson
"The House Servant's Directory"

Mika Obayashi
"Ichi-go ichi-e"

Opening Reception
April 25, 4:30pm

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Special Hours for Commencement Weekend:
Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ongoing Events

Between the Imagined and Seen

Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte

until Aug 30 Frost Library, Mezzanine Gallery (2nd Floor)

Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view "Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte," on exhibit from March 4 - August 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative

A Pressing Conference

Against Doom - an exhibition by Artist-In-Residence Macon Reed

until Apr 5 Fayerweather Hall, 105 - Eli Marsh Gallery

Details TBA. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and noon - 4 p.m. Sundays. Closed Saturdays. This exhibition will close at noon on Friday, April 5.

Arts & Activism: A Conversation Between Photographer Jess Dugan and Curator Mary Stazer

November 2, 2020

The Department of Art and the History of Art and the Program in Film and Media Studies hosted a conversation between photographer Jess Dugan and curator Mary Statzer. Dugan and Statzer that ranged from whether art can help during difficult times, the artistic process, and the collaboration between artist and curator.

Art Department News

A Life and Career Celebrating Artists of Color

Kellie Jones '81 and a group of students

With Kellie Jones ’81

In a recent talk on campus, MacArthur Fellow Kellie Jones ’81 connected her Amherst experience to her career as an art historian and curator, offering some advice to current students along the way.

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 Curated By Thieves

In an interview with Assistant Professor of Art and the History of Art Niko Vicario, artist Kota Ezawa talks about how an FBI database sparked his interest in the still unsolved Gardner Museum art heist of 1990 and led him to recreate 13 lost artworks. (Read more)

Women, Art and Wikipedia

Students in Professor Nicola Courtright’s course “Women and Art in Early Modern Europe” joined an international initiative to bridge the gap between academia and Wikipedia, highlighting women in the arts along the way. (Read more)