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The Department of Art and Art History at William & Mary aims to:

  • Educate studio art students in a visual language that fosters an informed and personal artistic voice through learning from direct observation and an introduction to different methods of visual expression.
  • Guide art history students to understand the circumstances of the meaning, making and original contexts of individual works of art and architecture, combining in depth understanding of particular periods or fields of art and architectural history with appreciation of historical processes of change and the intellectual issues raised by their study.
  • Encourage independent student research and creativity.
  • Continue to emphasize the importance and centrality of faculty scholarship and creativity to inform our curriculum.
  • Actively engage The College community and the public to discuss and view art and its esthetic and its historical and social contexts through exhibitions at the Andrews Gallery, the "Art Talks" Faculty Lecture Series, and lectures and workshops given by invited art historians and artists.

The Department of Art and Art History offers a BA degree for students.



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This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.