In one art history seminar, each student spends four months on a single work of art.

By Emily Gold Boutilier

[Courses] How long do your eyes linger on an object in an art museum? Thirty seconds? Two minutes? Ten minutes? Imagine studying a single painting for an entire semester. It’s not a luxury; it’s an Amherst course.

In Professor Joel Upton’s seminar “The Art of Beholding,” each student picks one painting to focus on for four months.

Hiding in Plain Sight

For decades, Professor Carol Clark has been hunting for lost works by a gifted painter of the American frontier.

By Emily Gold Boutilier

"Tobacco Barn, Morning" 2008 11x14" Oil on Canvas

“George Bellows: A Ringside Seat” at Mead Art Museum and “George Bellows: A Family Festival” at Amherst College Archives Sept. 5