June 17, 2016

Summer School 2016

Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)
Lawrence Hall, 1917. Courtesy of the Williams College Museum of Art.

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 familiar forms of academic life—classes, clubs, and athletics events—and transforms them into social learning opportunities for museum visitors. The weekly mashup of faculty-led mini courses, patio programs, and reading room workshops offers a playful taste of college culture, and teases out new ways of thinking about learning, art, community, and museums.

Program schedule

Thursdays in July & August
4pm: Get a healthy dose of academics in the galleries with a mini course led by Williams College faculty.
5–8pm: A playful taste of Williams culture with artfully curated food and drinks on the patio.
Ongoing: Study up on artists and exhibitions all summer long in our Reading Room.

Enrollment for mini courses is limited. Register at or by phone at T (413) 597 3563. Events are rain or shine.

July 7
4pm: WCMA107 Enlivening Texture & Textile in Art
Deborah Brothers, Costume Designer and Lecturer in Theatre
Class format: workshop
5–8pm: The Art & Science of Beer 

July 14
4pm: WCMA114 Museum: The Gathering
David Gurçay-Morris, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Class format: Performance
5–8pm: No Hook, Finger Crook: Finger Crocheting with Seth Koen 

July 21
4pm: WCMA121 Labeling: A History Lesson
Katarzyna Pieprzak, Chair and Professor of Francophone Literature, French Language, and Comparative Literature
Class format: workshop
5–8pm: Food Lab 

July 28
4pm: WCMA128 “State of the Art/ Art of the State”
Christina Simko, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Class format: lecture
6pm: WTF + WCMA: A Guided Tour 
Williamstown Theatre Festival actors bring WCMA’s collection to life in this trip through the galleries.

August 4
4pm: WCMA 104 “After Images: Photography and Its Shifting Stories”
Emilie Boone, Mellon Curatorial Fellow
Class format: lecture
5–8pm: Athletics & Aesthetics: Mini-Golf 

August 11
4pm: WCMA 111 “Markets and Museums: The Economics of Aesthetics”
Stephen Sheppard, Class of 2012 Professor of Economics
Class format: lecture
5–8pm: Dance Class: Salsa! 

August 18
4pm: WCMA 118 “The Aesthetics of Evolution: Natural and Sexual Selection in the Era of Abbott Handerson Thayer”
Luana Maroja, Assistant Professor of Biology
Class format: lecture
6pm: WTF + WCMA: The Dinner Party 
For more information or to reserve a seat visit or call T (413) 597 3563.

August 25
4pm: WCMA125 “What’s in a Name?: The Politics of Identification in African Art”
Michelle Apotsos, Assistant Professor of Art
Class format: lecture
5–8pm: Athletics & Aesthetics: Badminton 

Williams College Museum of Art
The Williams College Museum of Art makes dynamic art experiences to incite new thinking about art, museums, and the world. 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. WCMA is located on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. In June, July, and August the museum is open every day 10am–5pm and 10am–8pm on Thursdays. September through May WCMA is open 10am to 5pm, Thursdays 10am to 8pm, and closed Wednesdays. WCMA is free and open to all.


Press contact: Kim Hugo, Communications Manager; T (413) 597 3352; [email protected]


Summer School 2016 at Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)

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