Direct, Compose, Perform the Arts 

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.

The Arts at F&M

Art Created, Not Just Studied

"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 that year's Binghamton Experimental Student Film Festival.

Heave(n) - Chris Alsen '17, Doug Benton '17, Zach Ezickson '17

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.

The Pulse of the Arts at F&M 

Story 1/22/2018

F&M's Phillips Museum 'Drawing In' Extraordinary Exhibits...

“Nightly News,” a graphite and charcoal drawing in“Drawing in/Drawing,”  one of several exhibits on view at the Phillips Museum of Art this winter and spring. 

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Story 12/20/2017

F&M Board Approves State-of-the-Art Visual Arts Center

Franklin & Marshall College’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Dec. 15 to approve construction of the Susan & Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center, which will dramatically enhance F&M’s academic...

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Story 11/2/2017

Dance Teaches Us About Ourselves and Our Capabilities

At the Nov. 2 Common Hour, the Thursday community discussion held each week classes are in session, Associate Professor of Dance Pamela Vail said the art form of movement is a form of knowledge. 

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