"It is not an accident that the arts outlive
the civilizations that produce them."
- Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly
The Wellesley arts curriculum—and highly acclaimed Davis Museum—are integral and irreplaceable components of our fine liberal arts education. The many outstanding exhibitions, performances, and lectures we offer are free of charge and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Please visit our Events pages for information on upcoming events from the following disciplines and departments:
The Susan and Donald Newhouse Center
for the Humanities
The Newhouse Center for the Humanities generates and supports innovative, world-class programming in the humanities and arts. The mission of the center is to create a dynamic and cosmopolitan intellectual community that extends beyond Wellesley.
One of the oldest and most acclaimed academic fine arts museums in the United States, the Davis is a vital force in the cultural life of Wellesley College. Its mission is to create an environment that encourages visual literacy, inspires new ideas, and fosters involvement with the arts in academics and in life.
The Concert Series
Organized by the Department of Music, the Concert Series brings world-class performers to campus,complementing the department's academic offerings and augmenting the cultural life of the College and surrounding community. The series features both visiting artists and members of the performing faculty.
The Art Department: Exhibitions and Lectures
Every year, the Art Department brings guest lecturers, exhibits, films, and visiting artists to the campus and community. The Jewett Art Gallery is the department's teaching gallery, hosting exhibitions generated by faculty for teaching purposes as well as student work.
The Department of Theatre Studies provides students with the opportunity to explore the history, literature, and hands-on application of the craft.The department hosts Wellesley Summer Theatre, Wellesley College Theatre, and the Upstage Series.
Art and Soul at the Multifaith Center
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Wellesley strives to embody the College's historic belief that education is both an intellectual and spiritual journey. With this mission in mind, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life developed Art and Soul to foster community exploration of spirituality and the arts.
Arts and the Liberal Arts
The arts are a vibrant part of the intellectual community at Wellesley College. Every year, various academic departments bring art and artists from all over the world to campus to enrich their own curriculum and enliven Wellesley's cultural life.