A feature story appearing on the Forbes website titled “What's Better Than College Art History 101? A Campus Museum,” features the college’s new Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art. The Oct. 22 article penned by Hamilton alumna Lynn Matthews Douglass ’81 addresses “a new trend on liberal arts campuses to build museums to teach art. These 'teaching museums' generate exhibitions, train student docents, host traveling exhibits and support different disciplines studied on campus.”
Wellin director Tracy Adler observed, “Art History has come a long way from studying Jansen’s History of Art. Teaching museums make art more relevant and not so exclusive. They help give students a sense of scale and hands on learning.” Douglass referenced other liberal arts colleges with teaching museums including Skidmore College, Dartmouth College, Bowdoin College, Colgate University, Middlebury College, College of Wooster and Williams College.