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Welcome to Visual and Performing Arts at Clark

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.

We believe the pursuit of creativity is a human right.

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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

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Clark Arts Venues

Throughout the academic year, our on-campus arts venues host a range of shows, exhibitions, plays, and concerts.

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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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Clark Arts Venues

Throughout the academic year, our on-campus arts venues host a range of shows, exhibitions, plays, and concerts.

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Visual and Performing Arts

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Q&A: Pop Music in the USA

Course explores evolution of popular music and why we love (or hate) it

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Work examines depictions of femininity in Worcester Art Museum’ collections

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Featured Event

Featured Event


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Genius Children: Clark faculty to perform the work of Black composers in virtual concert series

Music program faculty in Clark’s Visual and Performing Arts Department have created a virtual concert series showcasing the work of Black composers while bringing the community together. Three concerts — Sept. 26, Oct. 17, and Nov. 7 — will be livestreamed from Razzo Hall in the Traina Center for the Arts. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and can be viewed here.

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Contact Information

Visual and Performing Arts

Office Location
  • Traina Center for the Arts
    92 Downing Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7113
  • vpa[at]clarku[dot]edu
  • 1-508-793-8844 (fax)