Overview 

Girl drawing

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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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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Marisa working with ancient coins
Film students working

Film and Media

A major in Film and Media provides students with a core foundation in moving image history, theory, and practice. Our courses help students develop the ability to think visually, as well as to discuss and write about cinema and the media arts with nuance and sophistication.

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Outside the Classroom

  • Crowd viewing "The Gates"

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

  • Nick Conbere'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

  • Sophomore Summer Award project

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 Sophomore and Junior Summer Study Award in Studio Art is available to declared sophomore and junior studio art majors.

News and Events 

Story 1/15/2021

Winter Visual Arts Center Wins 2020 Best of Design Award

The Winter Visual Arts Center has earned The Architect’s Newspaper 2020 Best of Design Award in the institutional / higher education category. It also was a finalist for overall Project of the Year.

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Story 11/24/2020

Digital Pictures for a Pandemic Exhibition

When words escape us, pictures help to understand events that enthrall the world.  

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WVAC Student Impressions
Story 10/16/2020

Winter Visual Arts Center Opens Doors, Crosses Boundaries

After five years of dreaming, conceptualizing, planning, and constructing, a much-anticipated vision has come to life. This fall, the Susan and Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center at Franklin &...

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Story 1/22/2021

Behind the Lens of the Civil Rights Revolution

A new photo acquisition at the Phillips Museum of Art provides a rare glimpse into civil rights activism. “Capturing the Struggle: Danny Lyon's Photos of the Civil Rights Revolution” concluded a week...

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Story 1/18/2021

Art for Reflecting and Healing

“Francie Lyshak: Mysterious Visions,” an exhibit displaying hopes for healing, appropriate in this era of anxiety, opens in the Dana Gallery at the Phillips Museum of Art in February. 

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Story 1/13/2021

F&M poets find inspiration at the Phillips Museum of Art

In the fall, poets from Meg Day's Writing Poetry class found inspiration in the Nissley Gallery. 

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