In the Art Department, the faculty work closely with students in small classes to foster an environment that offers a world of ideas to challenge them intellectually and inform their work. Students benefit from an exciting, rigorous, interdisciplinary art-making department that includes an active visiting artist series, multiple full faculty critiques and multidisciplinary studio environment. Hamilton's art program is concerned with the creation of visual incidents, and the dialogue surrounding the communication and placement of a visual object or experience in both a contemporary and historical context.
It is an exciting time for the Art Department at Hamilton College. We are eagerly looking forward to the opening of the new Theatre and Studio Arts Building in July 2014. The generous support of our alumni and donors will have an immeasurable impact on our students. Similarly, our May 2013 graduates were the first Art concentrators to exhibit their senior projects in the new Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art. The exhibition was outstanding and had wonderful attendance from the college and local community. The next senior show will open May 8, 2014. We are also excited to be welcoming visiting artist Alfredo Jaar this spring on March 5, 2014. This past fall we hosted visiting artists Geraldine Ondrizek and James Siena and co-sponsored Wellin exhibiting artists Frohawk Two Feathers and Jade Townsend. The summer was fruitful for the faculty and students. Three Art concentrators completed Emerson Research Grants and one participated in a Levitt Group Research Project this summer and we look forward to their upcoming public presentations.