Facts about Hamilton

Arts & Culture

The October 2012 dedication of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art and the fall 2014 completion of The Kennedy Center for the Theatre and Studio Arts give the College innovative new spaces to explore creativity across the disciplines. In addition, Hamilton offers numerous programs and events that benefit the cultural life of the campus community and the surrounding area.


The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art combines traditional object-based learning with advances in interdisciplinary approaches. With its visible archive and open storage, the museum allows for access to a collection of art and artifacts that span millennia and cultures. The Wellin houses a classroom, a study space and a large exhibition area. By bringing the classroom into the museum, the Wellin functions as a teaching laboratory while serving the broader community through its presentation of exhibitions.


The department of Dance and Movement Studies sponsors major performances and presents student-choreographed and student-performed works throughout the year.  Student-run dance ensembles also hold public performances.  The College's professional performing arts series frequently brings noteworthy dancers and dance ensembles to campus for performances and workshops throughout the year.


Several student-run organizations sponsor films for entertainment and education on campus.  Genres include foreign films, classic and fine art films, and musicals, as well as current motion pictures.  In addition, film showings for particular courses are occasionally open to the public.


The Department of Music provides instruction in a wide variety of musical traditions and sponsors master classes and lectures by prominent scholars and visiting artists.  The College's eight ensembles perform regularly, and students and faculty members give solo performances through concerts, musicales and recitals. Several student-run musical groups add to the variety of concerts and performances on the Hill.

The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art

Museum Hours
Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday: Closed

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Please call 315-859-4396 for more information.

Hamilton College Performing Arts

Box Office Information

Located on the lower level of Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts, the Box Office opens 1 ½ hours prior to all ticketed performances.

Please call 315-859-4331 for more information.

Jazz Archive

The Burke Library special collections houses The Milton and Nikki Fillius Jazz Archive that includes more than 300 interviews with legendary jazz artists and vintage jazz recordings.

Performing Arts Series

Hamilton sponsors two professional performing arts series: Classical Connections and Contemporary Voices and Visions. Past performers have included Dianne Reeves, H.T. Chen and Dancers, Chatham Baroque, Tim Miller, American Ballet Theatre 2, the Pacifica Quartet and others.


The Department of Theatre produces two to three major theatrical productions and many student-directed shows each year. In addition, student-run theatrical groups produce performances regularly.

Many other College offices and student organizations sponsor events that enhance the cultural life on campus. Of special note are the programs sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, including the Acoustic Coffeehouse series.