Karin Stack (American, b. 1966); Forsythia, 2007; archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist. x1200


All of our programs are free and open to the public.

These programs take place at the Williams College Museum of Art, 15 Lawrence Hall Drive, in Williamstown, Massachusetts unless otherwise noted.


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Roving Office Hours

Drop in from June 1-August 22 between 1 and 3 pm

We’re bringing our offices into the galleries this summer. Track down our roving desk and sit down with the Director, a Registrar, a Curator, or a Program Producer to get a grasp on WCMA’s inner workings. What’s the latest discovery in the Prendergast Archive? What’s in the new strategic plan? How does a 1500 lb. ancient relief leave the building to go out on loan?


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Mini Courses

Courses meet from 4-4:40 pm. The Patio is open until 8 pm.

Get schooled by faculty from across campus with a 50-minute dose of art through a different lens. Then head to our patio, have a glass of wine, and let it all sink in.

WCMA 101
Painting the Solution to the Mind/Body Problem
Dr. Joseph Cruz, Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science
Thursday, July 10
We think our ourselves in two ways: as physical bodies interacting with our environment, and as minds with private emotions. The synthesis of these two views is the mind/body problem, and is one of the great challenges of science and philosophy. By offering us embodied experiences with minds that aren’t our own, can art help us resolve the mind/body split?

WCMA 102
A Look Behind the Slide
Dr. Stefanie Solum, Associate Professor of Art
Thursday, July 24
Looking at art offers us powerful insights into historical and contemporary life, but what can we learn from decoding a work of art? Taking a sharpie to projected images of iconic works of art, we will unpack the structural underpinnings. Then we’ll head to the galleries to put fresh insights to work.

WCMA 103
Staging the Gallery: Visual Research in Set Design
David Morris, MFA, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Thursday, July 31
Art offers a “window onto the world,” but how does its role change when viewed as research for the creation of imagined realms onstage? We will think about art objects as a source material for a set design process: how the choice of an early American arm chair can affect an actor’s posture, or a Hudson River School painting might become the emotional touchstone for an entire scenography.

WCMA 104
Palate to Palette: The Aesthetics of Art and Wine
Dr. Peter Pedroni, Professor of Economics
Thursday, August 21
Using two very different landscape paintings as starting points, we’ll taste wine and talk art: how do notions of symmetry, balance, and structure apply to each? How can a single varietal or genre express itself across differences in time, style, and geography? We’ll navigate the sequencing of impressions of the eye, nose, and palate.
Enrollment in this course is limited to 35 people. Please call 413.597.2038 or e-mail Rachel.Heisler@williams.edu to reserve your spot.


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Thursdays in July and August, 5-8 pm

The galleries are open late on Thursdays this summer and so is our patio. Drop by for a glass of wine and linger in the summer sun.


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Thursday, July 17 and Thursday, August 7
4 pm

See what happens when Williamstown Theatre Festival actors dig into into the museum collection to find inspiration for a new site-specific performance. Come along on a roving show that infuses the galleries with a fresh, creative buzz. Then join us on the patio for a glass of wine.


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Field Trip to Field Farm

First and Third Sundays at 2pm
July 20, August 3, August 17

The Trustees of Reservations invite you to South Williamstown’s Field Farm to explore an idyllic outpost of WCMA’s collection and the former home of Lawrence H. Bloedel ’23. Join Williams students for a tour of two architectural gems, a collection of midcentury art and furniture, and outdoor sculptures.

Meet at the Field Farm Guest House, 55 Sloan Road
Contact fieldfarm@ttor.org or 413.458.3135 for more information.
$5; WCMA members, Trustees of Reservations members, and children are free.