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.


Professor’s Class Trains Students in “The Art of Beholding”

November 24, 2014

By Madeline Ruoff ’18


Art Professor Joel Upton

Among the hundreds of unusual offerings that fill the Amherst course catalog — classes that focus on food, on monsters, on murder — Professor of Art and the History of Art Joel Upton’s seminar “The Art of Beholding” stands out. In this class, students are not swamped in readings or essays or problem sets; in fact, the course syllabus is not even a full page.


Evening Meditation Sessions to Resume at the Mead Art Museum on Nov. 10

October 26, 2010
Contact: Pamela Russell
Coordinator of College Programs

AMHERST, Mass.—For the second year, the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will hold a series of evening meditation sessions, free and open to the public, in the museum’s galleries at 7:30 p.m. on the Wednesday evenings of Nov. 10 and Dec. 8, 2010, and Jan. 26, Feb. 16 and March 9, 2011.


Washington Post blog: Imagining the Shroud of Turin

Matthew N. Schmalz ’87, a professor at the College of the Holy Cross, gave his views on the Shroud of Turin and discussed how art and the history of art professor Joel Upton shaped thinking about the relic.