Visual Arts

The visual arts at MHC include film, art studio, art history, architectural studies, and the Art Museum. In all seasons, painting, photography, sculpture, installations, and film enhance campus life.

Architectural studies, a Five College major, is composed of courses in art and architectural history and theory, studio art, design studio, and related fields, including sustainability, to provide the creative, conceptual, and technical foundations to engage with architecture as a field for inquiry or as an area of practice.

Film buffs have a ticket to free movies several nights a week. Hundreds of popular and classic films from the world over are screened both at Mount Holyoke and the other Five College campuses.

Among the oldest academic art museums in the country, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum continues to grow and flourish with a collection of more than 17,000 works of art spanning the globe and the centuries. The galleries today are bustling centers of teaching and learning, visited by students and faculty from a wide variety of disciplines as well as local primary and secondary school students and the general public.

Thought-provoking special exhibitions add to the vibrancy of the museum’s offerings and to scholarship in the field. Lectures, gallery talks, and other programs attract visitors from throughout the Five College community. You can also view student work at the Student Art Gallery in the Blanchard Campus Center and at department exhibitions throughout the year.