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"You have the opportunity at MCLA to really get immersed in the world of art. I have also been fortunate enough to earn a fellowship award that sent me and a group of students to Venice, Italy for the Venice Biennial World Art Exhibition. That trip gave me a new perspective on art; maybe I'll get to exhibit there someday."  Ben Warren '11

Art at MCLA

Experience total immersion in the creation of new, original artworks under the guidance of professors who are artists and professionals with national and international records of accomplishment. 

  • Foundations approach centered on drawing, painting, design, and art history. 
  • Electives in figure drawing, book arts, landscape painting, and many other art methods. 
  • Work closely with your Professors to develop your own artworks according to your career goals and interests. 
  • Combine with business experience through a double major or minor in Arts Management, including work in museum studies (optional).

Art studentWhy MCLA is Different

Our ties to the flourishing arts community in the Berkshires facilitate involvement in cultural events, the exhibition of student work, and student internship placements in world renowned cultural institutions such as MASS MoCA and The Clark. Get involved with MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), PRESS (letterPRESS as a Public Art Project), and MCLA Gallery 51, a collaboration with the city of North Adams that offers exhibit space to local artists including MCLA faculty and students. Attend local art gallery openings and other cultural events and interact with the many professional artists, musicians, actors, and other performers who call North Adams home. More about why MCLA is the right choice

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Terrie Pratt, Administrator