College of the Holy Cross
The study of the visual arts provides a powerful lens through which you can better see, evaluate, and understand the world that surrounds you.
Get more than an education—gain a new perspective
In a diverse community connected by hope, you’ll live, learn, and serve with fellow students and faculty who support and empower one another at the College of the Holy Cross. You’ll solve complex problems, dive deep into what you’re passionate about, and find every opportunity to get involved. Ready to experience life on The Hill?
Encompassing multimedia studio explorations, art historical research, and specialized opportunities in architectural and museum studies, the Department of Visual Arts empowers the broader examination of the liberal arts at the College. You will hone your sensitivity to visual culture and the built environment, refine your skills of visual expression and critical analysis, and engage the surrounding community as points for visual inspiration, reflection, and advocacy.
In the classroom, you will study the rich heritage of global artistic and cultural traditions through specialized lecture and seminar courses. In the studio, you will engage traditional and new methods of art-making, becoming absorbed in the process of creating original work. Outside the College, you will immerse yourself in the architecture, galleries, and museums of Worcester and nearby Boston. The New England region’s rich cultural resources form an integral part of the visual arts curriculum, and will provide you with abundant learning, community engagement, and internship opportunities.
The department—comprised of the divisions of art history and studio art—is composed of a group of highly respected scholars and artists who regularly lecture, publish, exhibit, and curate nationally and internationally. The faculty place great emphasis on student mentoring in the classroom and in the field, facilitating student research projects and exhibitions, and leading excursions to area sites, galleries and museums.
Art history areas of study include:
• Modern and contemporary
• Architectural studies
• Museum studies
Studio art areas of study include:
• Digital media and new media
A+ among the “Best Colleges in America” | Niche, 2022
#1 among “long-term study abroad programs” | Institute for International Education
Among the “50 most beautiful college campuses in America” | Architectural Digest
#5 "Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges" | Money magazine
#4 among the “best Catholic colleges in America” | Wall Street Journal
#33 “best liberal arts colleges” | U.S. News & World Report
#2 in Top Massachusetts Schools (#4 in New England) in Visual & Performing Arts | College Factual
• Haley Kattner Allen '11, project manager, graphic design, Whitney Museum of American Art; adjunct professor, Kean University
• Amy Archambault '08, installation artist and designer Georgia Zikas Design
• Jen Corsilli ’04, director of marketing and programming, Live Nation Philadelphia
• Megan Deedy '03, advertising account supervisor, MR&M Worldwide McCann World Group
• Julie Edwards '06, director of operations and research at Child's Gallery, Boston
• Deborah Farrell-Nelson '96, director of development, FreeArtsNYC
• Robert Gerhardt ’99, social documentary photographer
• David Gyscek '96, artist
• Elizabeth Hamilton '04, installation artist
• Justine Hill, '08, professional artist
• Aslian Kelley '07, assistant shoe designer, Camuto Group
• Maddie Klett ’14, administrative assistant, Contemporary Art at SFMOMA
• Anne Matuskowitz ’03, medical illustrator, Visible Body, Boston
• Joseph Metrano ‘19, architectural designer, Spencer, Sullivan & Vogt
• Jessica M. Sewell (Maturo) '04, associate development officer for corporate programs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Stephen Shaheen '95, sculptor
• James Stroud '80, printmaker, owner, Center Street Studios
• Rich Thorne '03, associate creative director at Cambridge BioMarketing in Boston, MA
• Piya Wannachalwong '01, illustrator, Amscan
“I chose Holy Cross because students here find authentic ways of serving those around them."
"I am fortunate to have received such a prestigious education in art history while attending Holy Cross. I am truly grateful for all of support the visual arts department gave me throughout my time there."
"I chose Holy Cross because I could see that the heart of the school is its incredible student community, and everyone here made sure I felt like a part of it even before I enrolled."
"Because I chose Holy Cross, I've met and formed connections with a range of diverse, like-minded individuals—and not just students here in Worcester but alumni too."