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 4/1/2021

Why Are You Wearing That? Common Hour Explores the Context...

There’s more to fashion than meets the eye. Art historian Amelia Rauser discussed the surprising implications of fashionable dress in her March 30 virtual Common Hour lecture.  

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Story 3/12/2021

Who Owns Culture? Historian Examines Art Restitution and...

The trove of Benin’s opulent palace art can be found in museums across the globe. Everywhere, that is, except Benin. Art historian Marie-Cécile Zinsou is working to change that. Her Common Hour...

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Story 3/3/2021

Diplomats Abroad Overcome Pandemic Challenges

Despite the waxing and waning of the pandemic’s intensity last fall and early winter, four  F&M graduates reached their destinations abroad and begin their teaching fellowships. These are their...

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Story 5/10/2021

Parents Donate Photographs Worth More Than $2.5 Million to...

It's been said a photo is worth a thousand words—but some are worth much more. Dr. Stephen Nicholas and wife, Eileen—parents of twin alumni—donated photographs worth over $2.5 million to the Phillips...

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Poetry at the Phillips Museum of Art
Story 2/23/2021

“Magnetic” Museum Inspires Student Poets

After receiving an intriguing assignment, students in an F&M poetry class explored what it means to write about art—and discovered lessons about themselves in the process. 

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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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