Statement of Solidarity
The Fine Arts Department expresses solidarity with the students participating in the #FordHall2015 protest, with their supporters and with our colleagues in AAAS and throughout the University. We share the commitment to make Brandeis a more diverse, inclusive, and intellectually dynamic place, and admire the determination of the protesters to bring about positive change. We concur with the goals of broadening the curriculum and cultivating a more diverse student body and faculty. As artists and scholars of art we recognize the unique power of art to challenge the status quo and enact social change, and thus feel a profound connection with our intrepid students. We hope that the administration devises concrete actions toward both immediate and long term remedies that enable Brandeis University to fulfill its social justice mission.
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:
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.