Mead Art Museum

  Amherst College has a beautiful campus to wander and is home to both the Beneski Natural History Museum and the Mead Art Museum. It’s located within walking distance to the town center’s hub of shops and restaurants.

Named for its founder, William Rutherford Mead (an 1867 graduate of Amherst College and a partner in the storied architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White), The Mead holds the art collection of Amherst College, celebrated for its American and European paintings, Mexican ceramics, Tibetan scroll paintings, English paneled room, ancient Assyrian carvings, Russian avant-garde art, West African sculpture, and Japanese prints.

The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College seeks to stimulate thought, inspire creativity, provide insight, interrogate preconceptions, and invite contemplation through interaction with the original works of art.

the Mead makes its collections available to the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Amherst College, and to visitors from around the world; develops innovative exhibitions drawn primarily from the permanent collection and linked meaningfully to the curriculum and to the wider intellectual life of Amherst College; engages faculty, students, and other visitors in fresh, sometimes interdisciplinary inquiries involving art and visual understanding; and produces original, engaging, academically rigorous publications.

A nice mix of artistic styles and era’s on view,  something for everyone and is set with little nooks for more in-depth examination.




About Laurel

Laurel Thorndike is our "artist in residence" here at We Love Museums. "Lately I have been experimenting with a very illustrative style. Using images & feelings as a writer would use words to bring characters "to life" Suggesting a possible story or building from existing ones." Inspiring artists & art periods include Art Nouveau's Alphonse Mucha and Maxfield Parrish. Pre-Raphaelites such as Waterhouse, Holman Hunt, Leighton. Portrait painter's John Singer Sargent and Julio Romero de Torres. Symbolists such as Jean Delville and Carlos Schwabe. In 2001 she studied photography with nature photographer Patrick Pacheo Zephyr. She immediately fell in love with using the camera to 'paint with light'. Using natural light to create a picture full of emotion from something as ordinary as a reflection in a small pond or a lone tree on a hill. In 2014 she attended the 'Illustrator Master Class' at Amherst College, A one week intensive with the instruction of some of the finest illustrator's in the country! Her works have been shown at the juried Art On The Mountain show 2004 & 2005 Wilmington VT and the Northeastern Fine Arts Juried Exhibition at the Green Trees Gallery Northfield MA 2005. As well as at various galleries and art fairs throughout New England. Her work can be viewed and purchased at:

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