Today - Fri, Jan 18, 2019

Students visiting the studio of artist William Villalongo

"Collecting 101": Public Vote!

You’re invited to cast your vote for which work of art the Mead Art Museum should acquire. Listen to presentations from students enrolled in the Interterm class “Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the Mead” and choose your favorite. The Mead will purchase whichever artwork wins the popular vote. Please join us!

This program is made possible by the Trinkett Clark Memorial Acquisition Fund and the Center for Community Engagement.  

Fri, Feb 8, 2019

William McCall Vickery 1957 Professor of the History of Art and Chair of Architectural Studies Nicola Courtright teaching the galleries at the Mead

Faculty Teaching Workshop

Do you teach at one of the Five Colleges? Join us to learn more about how to make the most of the Mead’s collection of more than 19,000 artworks and cultural objects in the classroom. Kindly RSVP to meadartmuseum@amherst.edu by Friday, February 1, 2019, so we can prepare accordingly. Space is limited.

Free and open to Five College faculty.

Sat, Feb 9, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead.

Saturday Close-Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Wed, Feb 13, 2019

mage: Meme of Leslie Knope from tv sitcom Parks & Recreation. Caption: "Oh, it's only the best day of the year."

Galentine's Day: A Celebration of Friendship

Join us for a waffle breakfast to celebrate platonic friendship and the closing of Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages. This program is offered with support from Amherst College’s Human Resources Activities Committee.

Sat, Feb 16, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead.

Saturday Close-Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Wed, Feb 20, 2019

Stephen Vitiello performing at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. (Photo: Anna Lee Campbell)

Artist Talk with Stephen Vitiello

"Listening, Hearing and the Human" is a course taught by Associate Professor of Music Jeffers Engelhardt and Associate Professor of Music Darryl Harper, that asks us to think about listening and hearing as culturally specific practices that are guided by particular histories, identities, technologies and other factors. All are invited to a talk by sound artist Stephen Vitiello, followed by a discussion led by Professors Engelhardt and Harper. This program is made possible with support from Amherst College Departments of Anthropology and Sociology and Music as well as Arts at Amherst.

This event is free and open to all.

Thu, Feb 21, 2019

Image: Sol Lewitt, Nine Part Modular Cube, sculpture. 1978.

Symmetry in Art & Science

All are invited to the Mead for a talk on symmetry with Amherst College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Chris Durr. Join us to learn more about a chemist’s perspective on symmetry, structure, and time. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of how scientific principles play out visually in our galleries.

Free and open to all!

Sat, Feb 23, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead.

Saturday Close-Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!

Fri, Mar 1, 2019

Mead Art Museum

Discover the Lost Art of Concentration

Join us for a series of conversations and close-looking sessions designed to help visitors gain focus and clarity through extended looking at art. We’ll provide tips and techniques to help you hone your observational acumen and deepen concentration at this series of morning programs. Tea will be served. This event is presented in collaboration with Amherst College Human Resources, and is free and open to all.

Friday, March 1, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Close-looking led by Mead head of education and Mellon Curator of Academic Programs Emily Potter-Ndiaye with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Meditation and mindfulness led by Molly Kitchen with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 10–11 a.m.
Guided looking with Amherst College artist-in-residence Macon Reed with guided reflection by Stephen Butler.

Sat, Mar 2, 2019

Students looking at art at the Mead.

Saturday Close-Looks at the Mead

Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes that bring student interests to the fore. Come back every week for a fresh perspective on the works on view in our galleries. Be sure to check our website and Facebook page for updates on weekly topics. All programs are free and open to the public!


Untitled abstract painting by Leon Polk Smith in yellow and green

Fall Events Brochure

Download a PDF of the Mead’s fall brochure, which includes information about upcoming exhibitions and events. Printed copies are available in the main lobby of the museum.