Department Chair: Dr. William Oedel
The Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History at the UMass Amherst is one of the largest departments within the HFA. Founded in 1958, the Department of Art brings together thirty faculty in three widely respected academic programs: Studio Arts, Architecture + Design, and Art History. UMass art faculty are leaders in their fields, numbering recipients of such prestigious awards as the Joan Mitchell Prize, the Rome Prize, and Guggenheim, Smithsonian, I Tatti, and Howard Foundation fellowships. Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History graduates are professional artists and architects, teachers, gallery and museum professionals, conservators, filmmakers, writers, and creative people throughout the region, the nation, and beyond.
The University is a driving force in the region¹s creative economy, and the Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History does its part. Many graduates have settled in central and western Massachusetts and established careers in the arts. The Department maintains close relationships with many private studios, galleries, museums, historic sites, and architectural firms in the area, enabling students to gain professional experience as well as academic credit through internships. On campus, the Department coordinates events with the University Art Gallery, the Student Union Gallery, Hampden Gallery, and our own Herter Art Gallery. Museums and galleries at other colleges within the Five-College Consortium - Amherst, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire - are essential resources as well.
The Department offers a range of academic degrees: the Bachelor of Arts in Art, Art Education, and Art History; the Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Studio Arts and Design (with a concentration in Architectural Studies); the Master of Fine Arts; the Master of Science in Design; the Master of Architecture; and the Master of Arts in Art Education and Art History.