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Visual Arts

The study of visual arts provides a powerful lens through which students can better see, evaluate and understand the cultures that surround them. Through classroom, studio, and real-world experiences, the study of visual arts provides a complement to the broader examination of the liberal arts, increasing students’ sensitivity to the built environment and visual culture, refining their powers of critical analysis, and providing them with the means for creative expression.

In the classroom, students and faculty study the rich heritage of artistic and cultural traditions from around the world. In the studio, students engage with traditional and new methods of making, becoming absorbed in the process of creating original work. Outside the College, they immerse themselves in the magnificent architecture and many galleries and museums in the cities of Worcester and nearby Boston. The rich cultural resources of the surrounding region form an integral part of the visual arts curriculum, and provide students with abundant learning, community engagement, and internship opportunities.

The Department of Visual Arts — comprised of the divisions of art history and studio art — is staffed by a group of highly respected professionals who regularly exhibit, lecture, publish, and curate nationally and internationally. These professional artists and art historians place great emphasis on student mentoring in the classroom as well as through many learning excursions off campus.

Program Highlights

Art history areas of study include:
  • Renaissance to Modern Art
  • Islamic Art
  • African Art
  • Art of the Americas
  • History of Architecture
  • Narrative Art and Film
  • Medieval Art
  • 15th- and 16th-century Italy Art
  • 17th-century Baroque Art
  • 19th- and 20th-century Art
  • Modern Architecture
Studio art areas of study include:
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Imaging and New Media
  • Fundamentals of Color
  • 3D Fundamentals
 

Visual Arts News

Holy Cross Produces Thirteen Fulbright Scholars

May 3, 2017

Twelve members of the Class of 2017 and one member of the Class of 2016 have been awarded Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research around the world during the 2017-18 academic year. Since 2005, Holy Cross students have received …

Seminar Explores Development of Cities in Relation to Nature

Apr 28, 2017

Syllabus, a feature in each issue of Holy Cross Magazine, takes readers in to the classroom to see what students are learning about on Mount St. James. Explore one of the College’s Spring 2017 courses below. Course “Making the Modern …

Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

Apr 21, 2017

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus …

Events

Mon
May 29
Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty, "Just Off the Beaten Track," 2016
09:00 AM
Lawn by Linden Lane
Tue
May 30
Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty, "Just Off the Beaten Track," 2016
09:00 AM
Lawn by Linden Lane
Wed
May 31
Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty, "Just Off the Beaten Track," 2016
09:00 AM
Lawn by Linden Lane