Visual Arts

Student at easel sketching a figure

Studio Art

Opportunities for students to engage in studio arts are available on a co-curricular basis, mainly through the OFA’s  Ceramics Program, which provides instruction and studio space for ceramic art—including sculpture—in a state-of-the-art facility in Allston. Several undergraduate houses have spaces for painting, print-making, fine art letter press, wood-turning, photography and more. 

Arts in the Houses

The OFA supports a variety of visual arts programming in the College residential houses including workshops (tile making, drawing, ceramics), as well as assisting in the running of art making spaces (Cabot, Mather and Quincy House).

Public Art

The OFA has a long history of supporting public art projects. Most public art supported by the OFA takes place during ARTS FIRST, the annual spring festival that celebrates the creativity of students, faculty and affiliates at Harvard. Public art submissions for the festival are open to everyone in the Harvard Community; applications are generally available in the fall. Find out more on the public art page.