Hampshire College has a small, eclectic permanent collection. A vast number of objects were donated when the college was first built, so there are among them some quintessentially “’60s” artworks that define the period of Hampshire’s beginnings (Larry Bell’s glass cube, Anuskiewicz “op art” paintings, and Paul Zelansky’s poured resin abstract sculptures, for example). Also strongly represented is fine art photography, with major portfolios by Paul Strand, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Edouard Boubat, Robert Dousneau, Elliott Erwitt, and Jerome Liebling. Recent acquisitions and gifts include the Vance Studley Collection of Barry Moser prints.
This searchable database contains information about catalogued objects from the collections of seven museums in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts: the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Historic Deerfield, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Joseph Allen Skinner Museum of Mount Holyoke College, the Smith College Museum of Art, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This is a working database and is constantly being updated as new information becomes available. Not all of the records have images, nor have they all been recently reviewed by curatorial staff; some may require revision. A small percentage of the museums’ collections are not currently searchable online.
The mission of the Hampshire College Archives and Special Collections is to preserve and make accessible the records of Hampshire College as well as the creative and scholarly output of its students and faculty. The collection also includes the Eqbal Ahmad Papers, the Karen DiGia Collection, the Barbara Mettler Collection, and the Robert W. Lisle Collection of photographic materials.
Classes from across the Five Colleges frequent the Gallery’s provocative contemporary art space for exhibitions, events, residencies, and special classes. Contact us (email@example.com) to design a curriculum-integrated visit for your class, linked to the current exhibition or the campus collection, or to discuss other educational opportunities and collaborations.
Division III Thesis Exhibitions
From mid November – December and from mid March – May each year, artists in their final semester at Hampshire experiment with form and conceptual propositions in a series of small group exhibitions. This MFA-style program is a supportive and rigorous experience for undergraduate students which provides a foundation in curatorial and professional practice for artists. Div III gallery exhibition preference is given to studio arts and film/photo students as this process forms part of their formal evaluation, but there are sometimes spaces available for other students whose work would benefit from a strongly visual form of public dissemination and display.
For a guide to various aspects of curating and installing your exhibition, hosting receptions and more, please download the Gallery Handbook and consult the Gallery Floorplan. Students can make appointments for consultations with the Gallery Alumni Fellow, and are encouraged to meet with their committees in the Gallery space to discuss curation of their work.