Professor Writes Book on Yoruba Art

Submitted on Thursday, 7/2/2015, at 11:47 AM

Yoruba Art and Language (cover detail)In his 2014 book, Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African Art, Amherst Professor Rowland Abiodun uses the metaphor of a point-and-shoot camera to describe why western art history principles are not applicable to the study of African art.


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.

Visiting Artist Sheila Pepe Creates Social Sculpture in Eli Marsh Gallery


February 17, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Sheila Pepe installationSheila Pepe: From Space to Place, Eli Marsh Gallery, 2015.

“Please don't touch the artwork” is not something you’ll hear when visiting the newest installation in Amherst’s Eli Marsh Gallery.

World-renowned contemporary artist Sheila Pepe—best known for her large-scale and site-specific works of knitting and crocheting—has created a remarkable installation that combines her hand-crocheted materials with artworks by Amherst faculty. The result is an intimate setting that welcomes visitors inside… to sit, to contemplate and, most interestingly, to participate.


Students Encounter Nature around Amherst

Submitted on Wednesday, 10/30/2013, at 9:47 AM

Permanent Adoptions

By Emily Gold Boutilier

When the Mead Art Museum chooses to acquire a new work of art, it takes the long view. “We look at a 500-year window,” says Director Elizabeth E. Barker. “We’ll have it forever. It’s like a permanent adoption.”

Given the serious commitment involved, curators at the Mead take no acquisition lightly. They consider quality, condition and importance, as well as how a particular work relates to the other items in the museum, Barker says.

Let’s Hear It for Soundfest

Submitted on Sunday, 3/3/2013, at 12:25 PM

Article by Katherine Duke '05

Photos by Cole Morgan '13 and Rob Mattson

The sunny afternoon of Sat., March 30, certainly looked and felt like spring—and sounded like it, too. But I was on campus to immerse myself in the more unusual auditory stimuli of Soundfest, a featured event of the 2012–13 Copeland Colloquium: “Art in Place / the Place of Art.”

Evaluation - Art at the Heart of the College

We’re so glad you could join us for Amherst Today: Art at the Heart of the College. We hope to offer many more such programs, and we would appreciate your help in making them as good as they can be. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below. Specific comments would be very much appreciated.

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Communication before the program: *
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Open classes on Thursday: *
Keynote address: Library, Laboratory, Sanctuary, Stage: New Roles for the 21st Century College Art Museum: *
The Mead in Action Across the Curriculum: Notes and Anecdotes from the Study Room: *
Open Conversation with the Mead's Curatorial Team: *
Reception at the Mead Art Museum Friday evening: *
Dinner in Lewis Sebring Thursday evening: *
I Love the Mead student comments: *
Art After Dark: *
All Things Old are New Again: Presentations by Faculty: *
Faculty members, in order of comments, were Tekla Harms, professor of geology and director of the Beneski Museum of Natural History; Kim Townsend, Class of 1959 professor of English, emeritus; Victoria Maillo, lecturer of Spanish; and Robert T. Hayashi, professor of English and American Studies.
Reinventing Tokyo: Japan's Largest City in the Artistic Imagination: *
Break out session with Lizzie Barker, director of the Mead Art Museum: *
Break out session with Pamela Russell, head of education and Andrew W. Mellon curator of academic programs: *
Break out session with Randall Griffey, head of curatorial affairs and curator of American art: *
Break out session with Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney '37 curator of Russian art: *
Meals at Valentine (Thursday lunch, Friday breakfast and/or Friday lunch): *
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Research Fellowships for Creative Artists

So Many Bones!!

I have a confession to make:

I, Kayla White, have not explored all of the nifty places on campus that I rave about during my tours.  Well, a couple of corrections: I had not, and I'd been to them all, I just hadn’t explored all the nooks and crannies.  But, friends, I am proud to say that I have and they are WAY cooler than I ever thought (I already knew, if only through the grapevine, that they were pretty neat spaces).