The visual arts curriculum at Lafayette provides students with the insights of renowned professional artists and the unsurpassed academics of one of the nation’s leading liberal arts schools. To ensure a continued tradition of excellence across all fields of academia, Lafayette invested $10 million in the creation of a 23,500-square-foot facility dedicated solely to the visual arts. Regarded as a catalyst for exploration and experimentation, the Williams Visual Arts Building was designed by artists, for artists, and serves as a workplace where students receive the skills necessary for successful careers in the arts.
By offering students the unique opportunity of observing and actively participating in the work of their mentors and professors, Lafayette transcends the traditional, limited structure of visual arts programs. Interweaving the resident art professors’ personal studios with central teaching areas within the Williams Visual Arts building makes possible this hands-on approach to learning. Open, free-flowing floor plans give students the freedom to interact with a core faculty of practicing professional artists and visiting lecturers. This barrier-less learning environment—augmented by a curriculum that stresses critical, artistic development—offers our students the advantage of developing both a technically proficient skill set and a close, interpersonal relationship with their mentors.
Equipped with the latest high-tech tools, the Williams Visual Arts building houses Mac workstations, large-format inkjet printers, slide and flatbed scanners, and a connection to the Experimental Print Institute, which gives students the ability to review, modify, and print their work on a myriad of canvases. This integration with state-of-the-art technology allows students to develop expertise with the equipment used at the forefront of modern art production, setting Lafayette’s Visual Arts program a class apart.