Widely considered one of the finest college art museums in the country, the Williams College Museum of Art is a department of Williams College.
Williams is a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college located in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts that attracts students from every state in the nation and from more than 40 foreign countries. The college is particularly well regarded for the caliber of its art history programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The mission of the Williams College Museum of Art is “to advance learning through lively and innovative approaches to art for the students of Williams College and communities beyond the campus.” The museum was accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1993 and re-accredited in 2004.
WCMA houses over 14,000 works that span the history of art. The museum encourages multidisciplinary teaching through encounters with art objects that traverse time periods and cultures. An active, collecting museum, its strengths are in modern and contemporary art, photography, prints, and Indian painting. The museum is especially known for its stellar collection of American art from the late 18th century to the present. With the largest collection in the world of works by the brothers Charles and Maurice Prendergast, the museum is a primary center for study of these American artists in a transatlantic context of the 19th and early 20th centuries.