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 6/10/2020

Hidden F&M: Susan and Benjamin Winter Visual Arts Center

Photos by Deb Grove/F&M Staff Photographer  The Franklin & Marshall campus is eerily quiet on a recent spring morning. In a normal year, Hartman Green would be bustling with activity, students would...

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Story 5/15/2020

Dewey Award Winner Embodies Service, Scholarship

"The tools, the insights, of art history can help us understand the world we inhabit.” Amelia Rauser is the 2020 recipient of College’s Bradley R. Dewey Award, given to a faculty member whose...

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Story 2/14/2020

Comic Book Common Hour: Exploring Identity, Finding Healing...

Before a Common Hour audience in Franklin & Marshall College’s Mayser Gym, comic-book creator Joshua Luna shared his struggles, from a humble family broken by divorce, to his rise as an artist and...

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Story 6/10/2020

Thinking Outside the Museum: Bringing Art Into Your Home

After closing two exhibits early due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Phillips Museum of Art had an idea: if patrons couldn’t come to the museum, why not bring the museum to the patrons?

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Common Hour Finding Freedom
Story 1/24/2020

Finding Freedom

Sonya Clark Artist and Professor of Art and the History of Art, Amherst College American artist Sonya Clark’s (American, b. 1967) mixed media works use everyday objects to address tangled...

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Story 1/24/2020

Common Hour Speaker Shows Journey to ‘Finding Freedom’

  From the stage in Franklin & Marshall College’s Mayser Gymnasium,  artist Sonya Clark walked the audience through a history of freedom that is a theme in her work.  

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