Mount Holyoke offers hundreds of courses in dance, music, studio art, art history, architectural studies, film studies, and theatre arts—and our students’ creative studies and performances are supported by outstanding facilities.
The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum houses a nationally recognized comprehensive collection of more than 17,000 art objects in nine well-lit art galleries and the Carson teaching gallery. Special strengths include Asian art; nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and American paintings and sculpture; Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; medieval sculpture; early Italian Renaissance paintings; and extensive collections of prints, drawings, and photographs. The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, administered by the Art Museum, is a twentieth-century cabinet of curiosities housed in a nineteenth-century reconstructed church. Consisting of the diverse collections of Joseph Skinner (1867–1946), a local manufacturer and philanthropist, the museum presents an eclectic mix of objects from western Massachusetts and around the world.
An expanded and renovated Art Building houses spacious, well-lit drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture studios; a digital printmaking lab; and a senior studio with individual studios for senior art majors. There’s also a Student Art Gallery in the Blanchard Campus Center.
For music students, Pratt Music Hall offers two rehearsal and performance spaces—the 250-seat McCulloch Auditorium and the more intimate 75-seat Warbeke Room—as well as teaching studios, classrooms, a computer/keyboard lab, and book, score, and recording libraries. Practice rooms are sized for a single person or a chamber ensemble, and include a virtual acoustic practice room.
Concerts, dances, films, and other programs are also held in Blanchard Campus Center’s Great Room overlooking Lower Lake and in Chapin Auditorium, an air-conditioned, 1,100-seat concert hall with a proscenium stage located in Mary Woolley Hall. The historic, 900-seat Abbey Chapel houses a nineteenth-century Skinner organ and a Fisk Tracker organ.
The newly renovated Studio Theatre and dance studios at MHC are the best in New England. The spacious and versatile Studio Theatre provides students with ample opportunities to experiment, and to create and present their own original works.
Theatre arts facilities include the Rooke Theatre, an intimate wood-paneled theatre with a fully equipped shop, and a black box theatre for classes and student-produced work.