Students studying in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts develop skills as imaginative practitioners, understand art as a meaningful human endeavor, and explore creative works in dialogue with the past and our current moment.
Welcome to Visual and Performing Arts at Clark
We believe the pursuit of creativity is a human right.
The Visual and Performing Arts Department comprises six separate majors. In our classes, you will learn about the history of creative practice, from the ancient Greek architects and the plays of William Shakespeare to the music of Duke Ellington, the films of Maya Deren, and the contemporary photo-collages of Mickalene Thomas.
You will cultivate the theoretical tools to analyze works of art from the past and the present, and develop your own skills as a creative practitioner in our studios — painting, costume, recording, and more.
By studying the history, theory, and practice of the arts in a liberal arts context, you will make and explore creative works while connecting the past to the present.
Venues and Resources
Clark Arts Venues
Throughout the academic year, our on-campus arts venues host a range of shows, exhibitions, plays, and concerts.
Arts in Worcester and Beyond
The arts in Worcester are thriving, from niche galleries to the Worcester Art Museum’s world-class collections, small concert halls to the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.
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"Assassins," directed by Kevin McGerigle
Directed by Kevin McGerigle, this multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force gathers our nation’s most notorious assassins on stage to violently pursue a twisted American Dream. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.
Thursday, November 10th at 7:30pm
Friday, November 11th at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 12th at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 13th at 7:30pm
Free with college ID, $5 for the public