Students painting in studio art class

In Memory of Prof. Robert Maeda

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 Prof. Maeda came to Brandeis in 1967, and the Brandeis Minority Perspectives published his appointment as "The first Asian - American to teach Asian Art."  He  received his PhD from Harvard, and was a specialist in Asian Art, with an early research focus on Chinese Song Dynasty paintings.  Later in his career he developed an expertise on the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, for which he was best known. He was an inspiring teacher for generations of Brandeis students, a cherished colleague and friend, and a warm, re-assuring presence to all who knew him. For the last decade of his career, he was the Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Professor of Fine Arts, and an Emeritus Professor after his retirement in 2000. Read more...

Welcome to the Fine Arts Department

The Department of Fine Arts welcomes students to experience art through scholarship and as a process of creation. By uniting intellectual inquiry with artist excellence, we affirm the importance of a broad education and prepare our students for creative participation in a changing society. Our programs include:

Studio Art
History of Art
Post-Baccalaureate Program in Studio Art

Founded in 1951 by social realist painter, Mitchell Siporin, the Department of Fine Arts features a distinguished faculty of acclaimed artists and accomplished art historians. Though the department consists of two separate majors and one minor, the curriculum overlaps as we aim to imbue studio artists with a rich historical context and grant art historians a hands-on exposure to the practice.