The Art Major

The Art Department offers majors in Studio Art and Art History. Students may also consider pursuing a major in an interdepartmental major that intersects with the Art Department. These include: Architecture, Cinema and Media Studies and Media Arts and Sciences. The Art Department is closely integrated with the renowned Davis Museum, which is located right on campus. Study trips to arts venues Boston, New York, and elsewhere provide further enrichment.

Art Facilities

  • Jewett Arts Center: Art Department facilities offer spaces for creating and enjoying art, including Jewett Arts Center, home to art and architecture library collections and the Jewett Art Gallery. The collections include more than 63,000 volumes that provide broad-based coverage of the history, theory, criticism, and practice of the visual arts, which support teaching and research in almost all fields of art. The Jewett Art Gallery hosts about seven exhibits annually that are generated by faculty on campus for teaching purposes and for exhibits of student work. In nearby Collins Cinema, films are shown by Film Society, and lectures, seminars, and some art history classes are given.
  • The Davis Museum and Cultural Center: One of the oldest and most acclaimed academic fine arts museums in the United States, the Davis is characterized by collections that span global history from ancient times to yesterday. With masterpieces from almost every continent, with collections installed in one of the country’s most significant examples of museum architecture, and with a rotating series of temporary exhibitions that challenge our understanding of history and the role of the arts in society, the museum provides an exciting environment to see, hear, experience, and learn about the visual arts.
  • Book Arts Lab (fourth floor of Clapp Library): This is a unique, well-equipped book arts facility for learning the basics of typography, letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, and decorated papers. Hand papermaking is taught in the Papermaking Studio in Pendleton West. The Book Arts Lab works closely with Special Collections and the Studio Art Department.
  • Special Collections (Clapp Library): With 12,000 volumes of rare books, manuscripts, and limited editions, this resource is used for research by students and faculty of Wellesley and visiting scholars. Among these are a large papyrus fragment of the Book of the Dead, ca. 500 B.C.E., a vellum charter signed by Holy Roman Emperor Otto III in 997 C.E., an Italian 15th century gradual, early German Bibles, and tracts by Martin Luther. See also the most famous correspondences in literary history—the Browning Collection: love letters between Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning.

Art Activities (a sampling)

  • Davis Museum activities. See visit information, and student involvement.

  • A la mode: Fashion and design club provides a comfortable and accepting place for students to express their creativity and share their creations with the community and fosters an awareness of fashion, design, and other related topics by offering the opportunity to learn, experiment, and share design and fashion knowledge.

  • Anime: Japanese Animation organization

  • Film Society: Shows movies on Fridays and Saturdays; its goal is to build appreciation for films while educating people and to expose the community to a wide variety of films, which they may not have been aware existed.

  • Tau Zeta Epsilon (TZE): Wellesley College's Art and Music Society provides an opportunity for additional study of the arts and to promote good fellowship among students. Club members have a house but do not live there; TZE (pronounced "Tizzy") hosts art- and music-related lectures, parties, etc.

Art Opportunities (a sampling)

  • Student fellowships and internships through the Davis Museum take students to: Davis Museum; Pace Gallery, New York; Sotheby’s, New York; Field Museum, Chicago; Judah L. Magnes Museum Public Relations internship, Berkeley, Cal.; Louvre, Paris; Riverhouse Editions Internship in Printmaking, Steamboat Springs, Colo.

  • Student internships through Career Education take students to: Los Angeles Film Internship Program; American Cities Internship Program, including The Field Museum, Judah L. Magnes Museum, The University of California Press, and WTTW Public Television, Chicago.

  • Additional Career Education Summer Stipends for students who identify their own internships and apply for them.