Venues & Resources

Performance Venues

’62 Center for Theatre and Dance

'62 CenterIn addition to the being the home of Williams’ theatre and dance departments, the ’62 Center hosts the CenterSeries, performances by visiting artists who run workshops for students. The complex comprises three theaters, dance and directing studios, and classrooms. During the summer,  the Summer Theatre Lab and the award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival are in residence.

Bernhard Music Center

Chapin HallBernhard Music CenterBernhard Music Center houses the music department and is connected to two performance spaces, Chapin Hall and Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. Chapin Hall is a magnificent 1,110-seat concert hall built in 1910.  Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall is used for concerts, lectures, and classes. A variety of music events occur in these venues.

Williams College Museum of Art

Williams College Museum of ArtPerformances often take place at the Williams College Museum of Art in connection with exhibitions and programs. WCMA at Night, a monthly thematic event, activates the galleries and turns the museum into a performance venue that features students, guest artists, and performers.

Campus Resources

Williams College Museum of Art

Williams College Museum of ArtThe college’s museum houses more than 13,000 art objects and features exhibitions that travel both nationally and internationally. The museum is a laboratory for creative ideas and hosts a variety of public programs. The museum’s Rose Study Gallery is a specialized classroom where professors from mathematics and neuroscience are as likely as art professors to be teaching with works of art.

Visual Resources Center

ironic columns, Lawrence HallThe Visual Resources Center manages an ever-growing, custom collection of more than 39,000 images tailored to the curriculum of the art department. The VRC provides art and related images in various formats to supplement teaching and learning and to support faculty and students with their visual presentation needs.

Chapin Library of Rare Books

Chapin Library of Rare BooksThe Chapin Library of Rare Books is an important arts resource for the Williams community, with more than 50,000 books and 100,000 other items. Its holdings include illustrated and artist books; illuminated manuscripts; original prints, paintings, and drawings; archives of illustrators, architects, sculptors, and designers for theatre and cinema; documents of dance history, theatre programs and posters; sheet music; and rare books related to music composition and performance.

Off-campus Venues & Resources

Williams is surrounded by and part of a vibrant arts community, which enhances the liberal arts experience. Students can take advantage of the rich college and faculty relationships to the artistic resources of western Massachusetts and nearby Vermont and New York, including