Studio Art

​The practice of Studio Art develops skills in visual and verbal communication, and fosters creative thinking and problem-solving, as well as an applied knowledge of physical materials. Our program combines the resources of the finest art school with the breadth of a liberal arts curriculum to achieve stunning results.

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Paper Making at F&M
  • Hans Herr House #2
  • Hans Herr House #10
  • Hans Herr House #9
  • Hans Herr House #8

Art History

The study of Art History encourages students to grasp and respect the living dimension of the past through its artifacts, images and architecture. We actively engage students in a wide range of visual and material production, through different modes of analysis — visual, historical, critical, material.

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Outside the Classroom

  • Class Field Trip

Field Trips

Lancaster is recognized nationally and internationally as a region of exceptional historical significance. The abundance of historical resources in the city and county offer students numerous opportunities in experience- and site-based learning.                                       Read more

  • David Saladik's Talk

Guest Artists and Speakers

Guest lecturers and artists are frequent visitors to campus, often in conjunction with exhibitions at the Phillips Museum of Art or special topics in courses.

In addition, we hold a yearly event on campus titled the Conrad Nelson Guest Artist Lecture.                                   Read more

  • Amy's China Trip

Summer Study and Travel Opportunities 

Art and Art History majors may apply for two competitive summer study grants: the Sophomore Summer Foreign Travel Award in Studio or Art History, is open to sophomores who have formally declared their major in art history or studio art; the Junior Summer Study Award in Studio Art is available  to junior studio art majors.

News and Events 

Story 5/10/2016

F&M Receives Gift from Winter Family for Landmark Visual...

A $10 million commitment — the second largest single gift in the College's history — from Franklin & Marshall Trustee Benjamin J. Winter '67 and his wife, Susan, will provide the leadership...

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Story 4/11/2016

Spring Research Fair: How 16th-Century Art Helped The Nazis...

The 2016 Spring Research Fair features such projects as F&M senior Yayu Gu's study of how the Nazis used a 15th century German artist to promote their political ideology. 

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Story 3/11/2016

Art Projects Honor Legacy of Protest Tree

The Campus Tree Advisory Committee recommends that most of the tree’s remnants be used by F&M’s Department of Art and Art History for creative projects.  

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Story 6/14/2016

Alumni Arts Exhibition

Rothman Gallery, Sept. 13 - Dec. 9, 2016

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Story 4/11/2016

Object Lessons: Museum Lab

CNX258 Seminar 

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Story 3/11/2016

Exhibit at Phillips Museum Captures Endless Seas on Canvas

Ran Ortner, who stormed the art world several years ago, is showing some of his acclaimed works at Franklin & Marshall College's Phillips Museum of Art from March 22 to April 21 and from May 6 to 8. 

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