The department offers majors or correlates in Art History and Studio Art, as well as a track in architecture. Enriched by a comprehensive college art museum, both majors culminate in a one-semester senior thesis or independent studio project.


Natalie Frank wearing a green shirt looking to her right.
Apr. 16, 2024, 5:30 p.m.

Natalie Frank offers an overview of her work from her undergraduate studies to portrait paintings that are currently under development in the studio (2005-2024).

Detail of a painting depicting many colorful human bodies surrounding a single white dove.
Apr. 18, 2024, 5:30 p.m.

Art and Decolonization in Africa during the Independence Era, 1956–1982: This talk by a MoMA curator foregrounds artists’ response to the advent of a new African reality characterized by the transition from colonial modernity to an aspirational decolonized subjectivity. 


A room in the gallery with a blue wall on the left and yellow wall on the right. Two people are standing in front of a framed painting.

A collection of works by African American artists from the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art kicked off a national tour on September 30 with an opening at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center on the Vassar College campus. The exhibition, titled Silver Linings, highlights the works of masters, pioneers, and trailblazers who anchor the Spelman collection. The nearly 40 works represent a variety of media and techniques including painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed-media collage, prints, and photographs.

Image: photo of hand drawing on a screen with a stylus

Will Wheeler ’14, an art teacher and artist, will travel to Asia, where he will work with artists and scientists as a Luce Scholar. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Luce Scholars Program pays all expenses for selected college graduates’ 14-month stay in Asia.