Direct, Compose, Perform the Arts 

The study of the arts at Franklin & Marshall is characterized by a focus on the inspiration and exploration of the individual.

Student actors don't come to our campus only to act in others' plays. F&M student dancers don't stop at performing someone else's choreography. Our musicians strive beyond playing existing compositions. And in film studies, students don't merely critique the films of others.

At F&M, faculty are committed to working one-on-one with students who strive also to stage their own plays, compose their own music, choreograph their own dance movements, write their own novels, and produce their own films.

Students have every opportunity to learn from the talents and skill of past and current playwrights, painters, composers, novelists and other established artists in every field. But the F&M difference lies in the creative drive and the opportunity to act on it.

The Department of Art and Art History educates students both in the making of art and also in art's historical analysis. Students in academic programs that explore the creative and performing arts learn the history, theory, and practice of those arts. But as part of our distinctive approach, we are committed to taking it a step further. Faculty work directly with students to explore how their art is a "visualization" of values that have relevance and significance in today's world.

"Art study isn't just about acquiring skill. We teach the value of having something to communicate."
Michael Clapper
Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History
Student  film is an example of art created, not just studied
Heave(n) - Chris Alsen '17, Doug Benton '17, Zach Ezickson '17

"Heave(n)" by Chris Alsen '17, Doug Benton '17, and Zach Ezickson '17. Produced in Fundamentals of Motion Picture Production, Spring 2014. One of three F&M student films selected for this year’s Binghamton Experimental Student Film Festival.

View other student films

Students Create and Perform in Music, Dance and Theatre

Art as Collaboration

"The professors in the visual arts took the time to seriously critique my work like I was already a practicing artist. It didn't feel like they were professors. It felt like we were collaborators."
Salina Almanzar '13
Award winner of F&M's Nissley Grant for outstanding research projects in the arts, humanities or social sciences

The Pulse of the Arts at F&M 

Story 5/3/2017

Senior Spotlight: Keeping to the Beat of His Passion

"F&M gave me many incredible opportunities." As they prepare for their May 13 Commencement Ceremony, Franklin & Marshall seniors look back at their four years on campus—and what's next.

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Story 5/2/2017

Senior Spotlight: Embracing the Importance of Community

"My most memorable time at F&M was when I had the honor of bringing Mark Charles to campus to speak at Common Hour. " As they prepare for their May 13 Commencement Ceremony, Franklin & Marshall...

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Story 4/17/2017

Spring Research Fair: National and Imperial Discourses at...

"Museums and the Production of Identity" was among the many student projects on display in the Martin Library of the Sciences for the April 14 Closer Look Research Fair.  

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Story 3/23/2017

Celebrating Musical Performance: From Tchaikovsky to de Meij

Franklin & Marshall College’s Brian Norcross conducted a different type of community conversation before a large crowd during the College’s Common Hour March 23. 

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Story 2/6/2017

What Lies Underneath Small-Town Life in “Winesburg, Ohio”?

Author Sherwood Anderson wrote a series of short stories about the lives of people in a fictional Midwestern small town that was published as a collection in 1919. Today, “Winesburg, Ohio” is the...

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Story 2/2/2017

Lindback Recipient: Math Offers Different Perspectives on...

Franklin & Marshall College’s 2016 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Professor of Mathematics Annalisa Crannell, stood before the audience in Mayser Gymnasium to discuss how...

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