Built in 1971, the Art Building houses the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, art studios, multimedia labs, and classroom spaces. The building’s sculpture facilities are the most extensive in the Five College area, offering study in a variety of media including wood, clay, plaster, and metal.
Gamble Auditorium, named for Sidney Gamble, trustee and benefactor of the College, is located in the Art Building. Lectures, speakers, events, and movie screenings take place in Gamble regularly, which features unique amphitheater-style seating. Several departments call the Art Building home, including studio art, film studies, and art history. The art history program, established in 1892, is one of the oldest and most distinguished in the nation.
The Art Museum also features the Warbeke Gallery, named for donors Norah and John Warbeke. The museum houses a nationally recognized collection of more than 17,000 art objects. Special strengths include Asian art; nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and American paintings and sculpture; Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art; medieval sculpture; early Italian Renaissance paintings; and extensive collections of prints, drawings, and photographs.
In 2001, the Art Museum and Art Building underwent an ambitious renovation and expansion project. The $6 million project added 3,800 feet of gallery space, a study gallery/classroom, a visual arts computer lab, a reference library, and two new classrooms.