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.
Fields of Study in The Arts
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.
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
Virginia Maksymowicz has had, in her words, a “long courtship” with Franklin & Marshall College that began in 1989, when the art professor was asked to show her work in the Dana Room Gallery. She...Read More
This spring, after 33 years of distinguished service to the dance program at Franklin & Marshall College, Lynn Brooks retires. Her tenure as Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of Humanities and...Read More
On one of the first warm nights of spring, Associate Professor of English Sands Hall delivered a joyful reading at Franklin & Marshall College from her recently released memoir, “Flunk. Start.:...Read More