The Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts hosts exhibitions at two gallery spaces on campus.
In the hallways of the Parsons building is the Humanities Art Gallery. Since 2002 the department has organized exhibitions of student, faculty and staff artwork that emphasizes the breadth of ideas being explored here at Harvey Mudd College. The work rotates regularly and mainly highlights student examples from a variety of recent classes.
With the opening of the R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning in 2013 the department has been organizing exhibitions at the Caryll Mudd and Norman F. Sprague, Jr. Gallery. The gallery is on ground floor of the building and opens directly out to the courtyard at the center of the building. Taking advantage of the gallery’s large walls, high ceilings and versatile indoor/outdoor space the exhibitions feature artwork in a variety of media. Opening receptions are held at the end of each semester for exhibitions that highlight work from current classes at Harvey Mudd College.
The goal of both gallery spaces is to highlight the importance of visual arts in a liberal arts environment and give members of the HMC community a chance to express and experience interests and ideas in unconventional formats.