Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)

Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)


WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects. At the heart of the Williams College campus the museum draws on the collaborative and multidisciplinary ethos of the surrounding college to enliven the more than 14,000 works in its growing collection. The museum and its collection is a catalyst for student learning and community engagement. Situated in the rich cultural landscape of the Berkshires, WCMA is free and open to all. WCMA is located on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is open from 10am to 5pm and closed on Wednesdays. The museum is wheelchair accessible and admission is free. For more information, contact the museum at T 413 597 2429 or visit wcma.williams.edu.  

Posts from Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)

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    A summertime slice of campus life

    Each July and August the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) produces Summer School, a series of public programs that teases out new ways of thinking about learning, art, community, and museums. This summer series offe[...]

    June 16, 2017

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    Meleko Mokgosi’s Democratic Intuition project: Lex and Love

    The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents together for the first time, two new chapters in Meleko Mokgosi’s Democratic Intuition project. Lex and Love were conceived specifically for WCMA’s 5,500 square-foot[...]

    June 2, 2017

  • Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography (detail), 1968. Off-set lithograph, 66 1/4 x 48 3/4 inches. Gift of Marion B. Javits, Robert Rauschenberg, and Milton Glaser through Yale University Art Gallery in honor of Lisa Corrin and Joe Thompson.

    Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography

    Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography brings together 26 original works of art with 56 archival objects primarily on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and centers on the artist's monumental print, Autobiography, [...]

    March 24, 2017

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart), 1983. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2016.

    Basquiat’s Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) and conversation series about Black Lives Matter

    The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) brings the rarely seen painting Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) by Jean-Michel Basquiat to Williamstown, Massachusetts where it will be the centerpiece of a series of c[...]

    October 26, 2016

  • David Zink Yi, video still, 2016. Video by Paul Zink Yi.

    Being the measure: David Zink Yi with Angie Keefer

    David Zink Yi's first museum exhibition in the United States brings together his work in sculpture, photography, music, and video and marks his foray into collaborative live performance. Developed with writer and artist [...]

    October 12, 2016

  • The Ghana ThinkTank mobile unit. © Ghana ThinkTank.

    WCMA and Ghana ThinkTank: turning the tables to confront climate change

    Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) is working with the international art collective Ghana ThinkTank to bring climate change solutions from Indonesia and Morocco—two countries already grappling with the devastating a[...]

    September 21, 2016

  • Lawrence Hall, 1917. Courtesy of the Williams College Museum of Art.

    Summer School 2016

    A weekly mashup of campus life crafted by artist Lexa Walsh This summer the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) gives over its programming and public to socially engaged artist Lexa Walsh. Summer School takes the famil[...]

    June 17, 2016

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    Cheryl Pope collaborates with students

    Performance artist Cheryl Pope produces the first WCMA at Night to take place outside the walls of the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) on Sunday, April 24 from 4 to 6pm. Pope, with student collaborators, will perfo[...]

    April 22, 2016

  • Abbott Handerson Thayer, Male Wood Duck in a Forest Pool, study for Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom, ca. 1909. Oil on board. Family and Estate of Abbott Handerson Thayer.

    Not Theories but Revelations: The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer

    Not Theories but Revelations opens March 11 at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) and will be on view through August 21. Abbott Handerson Thayer, renowned 20th century painter of ethereal angels, landscapes, and d[...]

    March 10, 2016

  • Fabrice Monteiro, The Prophecy, Untitled #1. Courtesy Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.

    African Art Against the State

    African Art Against the State highlights the long and extraordinary history of activism, intervention, and resistance that has characterized a great deal of art-making in Africa from prehistory to the present. A select g[...]

    February 2, 2016

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    Students led by artist Lexa Walsh take over the museum

    A group of Williams students, led by artist Lexa Walsh, take over the Williams College Museum of Art during WCMA at Night on January 28 from 5–8pm. From alternative tours to unexpected sound interventions and installat[...]

    January 24, 2016

  • Cary S. Leibowitz, Your smarter than me. i don't care., 1994. Latex on wood. Gift of Peter Norton.

    Exhibition featuring contemporary art from a major gift from Peter Norton

    Navel-gazing, a self-mocking focus on an artist's own life and practice, embracing identity politics, and a skeptical obsession with technology is the stuff of Your smarter than me. i don't care. The exhibition opens at [...]

    October 2, 2015

  • Left: Jon Rubin in collaboration with Dawn Weleski, Conflict Kitchen, Pittsburgh, PA, 2010–present. Center: Forrest Nash, founder of Contemporary Art Daily. Right: Selfie, Mark Parsons.

    Jon Rubin, Forrest Nash, and Mark Parsons this fall

    Creative practitioners infuse the Williams College Museum of Art's program. Lectures by artist Jon Rubin and Contemporary Art Daily founder Forrest Nash will focus on their practices. Artist Mark Parsons will collaborat[...]

    September 24, 2015

  • Photo of the WCMA-taught seminar meeting in Material Friction. Photo courtesy of the Williams College Museum of Art.

    Material Friction: Americana and American Art

    The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents Material Friction: Americana and American Art, on view through January 25, 2015. The exhibition provokes questions about the role of "folk" art within museums and art hi[...]

    October 21, 2014

  • Publication Studio in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Takeshi Okuno.

    Publication Studio sets up shop

    Publication Studio is an on-demand press that prints, binds, and publishes original work of all kinds. WCMA's Rotunda, the site of the college's original library, becomes its latest hub. From September 25 through Decemb[...]

    September 23, 2014

  • WALLS (Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces) pick-up day, February 2014. Photo: Roman Iwasiwka.

    WALLS (Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces), fall 2014

    Unlike any other group of artworks at the Williams College Museum of Art, the destiny and purpose of the WALLS Collection is to leave the museum's walls and to enter into the living spaces and bustling lives of Williams [...]

    September 8, 2014