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 3/3/2022

Barbershops, Beauty Salons in COVID-19 Times

Photographer and visual artist Shelby Wormley, last fall’s artist-in-residence at F&M, shares the views she captured through her lens with an exhibit this month.  

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Story 11/17/2021

French Connections: Where Students and an Artist Meet

An F&M professor and her Connections I class spent an afternoon with a painter, associated with the College for 30 years, who spent time in the City of Light in the 1960s.

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Story 10/25/2021

African American Identity, Culture Through the Lens

Students this academic year have the chance to encounter two local artists, both photographers, who will bring perspectives on African American identity and culture to Franklin & Marshall’s campus.

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Story 1/27/2022

Phillips Museum Announces Spring Exhibitions

Spring exhibitions at the Phillips Museum of Art invite viewers to explore themes of reflection, transformation and cycles of life.

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Story 12/23/2021

Top 10 Stories of 2021

The year 2021 demonstrated the F&M community to be agile, creative, dauntless and committed. Explore the year’s top stories and discover how students and alumni can transform any challenge into...

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Story 9/30/2021

Springford Exhibit Brings Color to Campus

Vivian Springford is an abstract expressionist who in the 20th century developed her own color-field painting process. This fall, the Franklin & Marshall community can experience her works.  

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