Our dynamic arts programs and world-renowned museums serve as teaching tools for students and scholars, and as sources of enrichment for visitors of all ages.
The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College has received a $3 million gift from John Wieland ’58 and his wife Sue to endow the Director and Chief Curator position and to support contemporary art acquisitions. The Mead will also present a special exhibition of works from the Wielands’ collection.
Amherst’s third annual literary festival will take place March 1–3. The festival schedule features Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, 2017 National Book Award winner and Amherst professor Masha Gessen, and 2017 National Book Award finalists Carmen Maria Machado and Min Jin Lee, among others.
Nicola Courtright, the William McCall Vickery 1957 Professor of the History of Art, has been awarded two grants to pursue research for her forthcoming book, Art and Queenly Authority: The Creation of Spaces for Marie de Medici. The book explores the spaces Marie inhabited—her chambers, galleries and gardens—and their imagery of her shared sovereignty with the king that made the queen’s place in the monarchic structure visible in a whole new way.
Theater and Dance presented a contemporary adaptation of Henrick Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Nov. 9–11 in Kirby Theater. Directed by Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Yagil Eliraz and performed by Amherst and Five College students, Peer Gynt spans the lifetime of the eponymous Peer, who Eliraz describes as the “personification of our time,” in which “individualism often comes at the expense of solidarity and social consciousness.”
In an essay penned for The Common Issue 14, Amherst senior resident artist Betsey Garand discusses her inspiration for creating prints, including the work of her colleague and friend Michael Mazur ’57 (1935-2005).
Amherst marked the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth and his 1963 visit to campus—in which he spoke of the relationship between politics and poetry—with a symposium and a talk by U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (JFK’s grand-nephew).
As part of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Visiting Scholars Program, Thomas W. Laqueur visited Professor Natasha Staller’s art history course, “Witches, Vampires and Other Monsters,” to discuss Holocaust memorials and the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and, more generally, about how and why the living remember and honor the dead.
Amherst College mourns the loss of Richard Wilbur, one of its most distinguished and beloved alumni, the nation’s second poet laureate, a peerless translator of Molière and Racine, the Tony Award-nominated lyricist for Leonard Bernstein’s Candide and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for his meticulously passionate body of work that celebrated, to quote one of his poems, “the splendor of mere being.” He was 96.
Actress, playwright and performance scholar Lisa Biggs ’93 returned to campus for the Five College Theater Alumnae of Color Residency. In preparation for her visit, she reflected on her time at Amherst and the importance of making theater, then and now.
Last spring, students in Professor Jen Manion’s course “People’s History of Revolutionary America” were some of the first to use the Mead Art Museum’s new study room located in storage. The class looked at prints, paintings, sculptures and objects that together provided a glimpse into the daily life of 19th century America.
Amherst is home three world-renowned museums that annually welcome more than 70,000 visitors. Our campus galleries display unique materials from the college archives, works by influential Russian artists and contemporary art by student, faculty, alumni and visiting artists.
Our academic departments and programs provide educational and performance opportunities for students at all levels of experience and engage audiences of all ages through live concerts, lectures, theater & dance performances, film screenings and community art classes.