Colby’s Art Department offers some of the best opportunities in the country for blossoming art students—brand-new studios, the chance to study one of the nation’s premier collections of American art, and individual collaboration with world-class professors.


Students in the Art Department think creatively and holistically about the production of art and what it means in cultural, societal, and historical contexts. Through an integrated curriculum of art history and studio courses, students engage in formal analysis, creative practice, and visual literacy.

The department offers a major in art history or in studio art. Art history students translate visual experience into written and oral expression through the identification and interpretation of art while learning curatorial and research skills—using objects in the Colby College Museum of Art. Studio art students convey ideas and experiences through visual expression and develop aesthetic judgment helping them to communicate their visions clearly through diverse methods and media.