United States

15 Lawrence Hall Drive, Ste 2
Phone: 413.597.2429
Fax: 413.458.9017
Website: http://www.wcma.org

Williams College Museum Of Art

Karl Weston, the museum’s founder and first director, established the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) in 1926 to provide Williams College students with the opportunity for firsthand observation of fine works of art, a privilege he maintained was essential to the study of art. For 22 years Weston taught art history and solicited gifts from alumni for the museum. In 1948 he was followed in both roles by his former student S. Lane Faison, Jr., whose 28-year tenure saw a significant expansion of the art department faculty and curriculum. In the 1970s the collection burgeoned. To complement the 19th-century European holdings of the neighboring Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, WCMA emphasized American art, modern and contemporary art, and the art of Asia and other non-Western civilizations.

In 1977, faced with inadequate exhibition, office and storage space, Director Franklin W. Robinson formed a Visiting Committee of distinguished art professionals, mostly Williams alumni, to advise on building and programming expansion. Charles Moore was hired as architect, and in 1981 a six-year building phase began under newly appointed Director Thomas Krens. The staff was increased, exhibition space doubled, facilities raised to professional standards, a vigorous schedule of changing exhibitions launched, and an education program for schoolchildren inaugurated. In addition, scholars were hired to start work on a catalogue raisonné of the works of Maurice and Charles Prendergast, the beginning of a long-standing relationship with the Prendergasts’ work and the Prendergast Foundation.

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 Permanent Collection Highlights (16)

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Permanent Collection

The American Collection consists of approximately 5,500 works, representing 49 percent of the permanent collection. The collection of 18th and 19th century American art contains important works by John Singleton Copley, Thomas Eakins, William Harnett, William Morris Hunt, George Inness, John Frederick Kensett, John LaFarge and Benjamin West.

Late 19th century and early modern holdings include works by Milton Avery, Charles Burchfield, Joseph Cornell, Charles Demuth, Lyonel Feininger, Marsden Hartley, Hans Hofmann, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Morton Schamberg, Joseph Stella, Kay Sage Tanguy and Grant Wood.

WCMA has substantial holdings in the ancient art of Egypt, Assyria, Greece and Rome. Almost 700 works, 6 percent of the collection, represent art of world cultures, with a strength in south Asian work. With the 1993 bequest of 60 important works of Indian art, WCMA's collection of Rajput and Mughal paintings of the 17th to 19th centuries, already significant, has become the foremost college museum collection of such art. The collection also includes fine examples of 17th-century Chinese painting and calligraphy and a collection of African art and artifacts, developed in conjunction with specific college courses.

The African collection, started in the 1970s, has been enlarged by a significant number of gifts.

WCMA's holdings in modern and contemporary art constitute the most significant 20th-century collection in the area. Modern art from 1900-1945 is represented by almost 1000 works, 8.5 percent of the permanent collection; there are over 2500 post-1945 works which is 23 percent of the collection. Among the many post-1945...+ [ Read all ]


Warhola Becomes Warhol
Andy Warhol: Early Work
February 10–June 10, 2007

Kota Ezawa: Re-Animating History
February 10–June 10, 2007

Teaching With Art: Images of Krishna From the Collection
January 27–June 17, 2007

Drawing on Hopper: Gregory Crewdson/Edward Hopper
October 12, 2006 –April 15, 2007

The Moon Is Broken: Photography from Poetry, Poetry from Photography

Creativity and Invention in African Art
September 30, 2006–ongoing

Specimens of a Higher Art: Ancient Art from the Collection

Wall Drawing #959: Uneven Bands from the Upper Right Corner by Sol LeWitt

Masterpieces Ancient to Modern

AMERICAN DREAMS: American Art to 1950 in the Williams College Museum of Art

Previous Exhibitions

For information on previous exhibitions please see, http://www.wcma.org/exhibitions/past_exhibitions.shtml

Getting there

Williams College is located in the center of Williamstown, along Route 2 (Main Street), next to the junction of Routes 2 and 7 in the northwest corner of Massachusetts. We are about one hour's drive from the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstates 91, 90, and 87. Driving time from Boston or New York City is about three hours; from Albany, NY, about one hour; and a good two hours from Bradley International Airport outside of Hartford, CT.

From New York City and points south
I-87 north to I-84 east
I-84 east to the Taconic Parkway north
Taconic Parkway north to Route 295 east
Route 295 east to Route 22 north
Route 22 north to Route 43 east
Route 43 east to Route 7 north
Route 7 north to Route 2 east

From Boston and points east
Route 2 west all the way to Williamstown
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Mass Pike (I-90) west to Lee (exit 2)
Route 20 west to Route 7 north
Route 7 north to Route 2 east

From Bradley International Airport (Hartford, CT)
Follow signs to I-91 north
Exit on Mass Pike (I-90) west to Lee (exit 2)
Route 20 west to Route 7 north
Route 7 north to Route 2 east

From Albany, NY, and points west
Route 7 east to Route 278
Turn right on Rt. 278 to Route 2
Turn left on Route 2 east

From the Albany International Airport
At airport exit turn left
Follow signs to I-87 north (Northway to Montreal)
Exit Route 7 east to Route 278
Turn right on Rt. 278 to Route 2
Turn left on Route 2 east

From Bennington, VT, and points north
Route 7 south to Route 2
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Museum internal and external photos (3)

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Teachers’ Programs
Teachers' programs happen throughout the year and connect WCMA's permanent collection and temporary exhibitions to classroom curricula.


Family Programs
Family programs provide opportunities for children and adults to learn about and create art together. All family programs are FREE!

For a calendar of listings please see, http://www.wcma.org/education/more_upcoming_edu_events.shtml


For more information about current events at Kidspace, contact:
Kidspace @ MASS MoCA is a collaborative project sponsored by MASS MoCA, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and Williams College Museum of Art.

Kidspace at MASS MoCA
87 Marshall Street
North Adams, MA 01247
email: LThompson@massmoca.org
phone: 413.664.4481 x8131


Members receive the quarterly exhibition calendar, invitations to programs and events, and a 10% discount at the Museum Shop. Fellows receive all membership benefits and have the opportunity to join in special programs, including art-oriented weekends and international tours. All memberships are renewable annually.

For more information, call the Membership Office at 413-597-3091.