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Department of Art History and Art

The Department of Art History and Art offers opportunities to study art history, to participate in a broad range of studio offerings, to pursue state teacher certification in art education, and to engage in pre-professional museum training. The Bachelor of Arts degree is granted in art history and in pre-architecture, and the Bachelor of Science degree in art education. In addition, the department offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts in art history, in art history and museum studies, and in art education; and the Doctor of Philosophy in art history.

All art programs are considerably enhanced by close cooperation with and access to the facilities of cultural institutions located in University Circle, in particular The Cleveland Museum of ArtThe Cleveland Institute of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.

The Cleveland Museum of Art/CWRU Art History Program has been in existence since 1967. The museum’s curators serve as adjunct faculty, and graduate research projects under their direction often result in exhibitions and publications. The museum Studies course and internships provide experience in curatorial practices, connoisseurship, conservation, design, and museum education, and the program has a history of producing leaders in the museum field. Graduate students are exposed to both traditional and newer theoretically based art historical approaches in classes taught by faculty renowned for their expertise in a diversity of fields.


Associate Professor Elina Gertsman wins the Dieckhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching

Date posted: April 28th, 2015

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate and School of Graduate Studies, the John S. Dieckhoff Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching is awarded to two faculty members that have made exemplary contributions to graduate students through work in the classroom. Part of the prestige of this award is that the process by which winners are selected is run entirely by graduate students. The award consists of a plaque and honorarium presented at the University’s annual commencement convocation.  […Read more]

41st Annual Cleveland Symposium

Date posted: April 22nd, 2015

The 41st Annual Cleveland Symposium
Unity and Division in the History of Art
Friday, October 23, 2015
Recital Hall, The Cleveland Museum of Art
In what ways can the visual arts unite or divide humanity? How can their subjects and functions stir us to collaboration or lead to disagreement, apathy, or even war?   How do objects themselves change when their relationships to one another, or to the viewer, are altered or rearranged?
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Creative Achievement Award

Date posted: January 21st, 2015

If you are applying for the Creative Achievement Award, please do the following:
Art Portfolio PowerPoint:

Send an art portfolio PowerPoint or PDF images of your student work (anywhere from 20-30 images). Each image’s credit line should give the name of the piece, the dimensions, the material, media, and the date completed. For example: Self-Portrait, 18” x 24”, media soft pastel on paper, fall 2012.

If you are showing 3-dimensional work, […Read more]

New Andrew W. Mellon Doctoral Fellowship for 2015-16

Date posted: October 6th, 2014

Through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CWRU will offer a new five-year doctoral fellowship in art history, beginning in 2015-15.  The Mellon Foundation will provide a $25,000 stipend per year, and CWRU will offer full tuition support. The Mellon Fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis to a candidate whose subject interests align with those of a member of the art history faculty and with a curatorial department at the Cleveland Museum of Art. […Read more]

Photographs of MA and Doctoral Graduates from Commencement May 2014

Date posted: July 20th, 2014

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Art History Courses for First Semester Students

Date posted: June 25th, 2014

Welcome to CWRU.
If you are interested in studying art history, you have come to the right place, for your professors are all scholars who have worked in museums as well as in universities, and our classes emphasize study of the works of art that can be seen in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Think of the CMA as your art history laboratory, one that is open free of charge for the permanent collections, […Read more]

CWRU, Cleveland Museum of Art announce collaboration for Institute for Art History

Date posted: September 11th, 2013

Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art are launching a landmark initiative that capitalizes on their longtime collaborations as well as their strengths in scholarship, curation, conservation and education.
The new venture emerged from the vision and dedication of university trustee Joseph Keithley and his wife, Nancy, an art museum trustee. The couple has committed $15 million to realize the idea of a joint effort that advances both institutions and prepares future curators, […Read more]


Professor Elina Gertsman receives the prestigious American Council for Learned Societies Fellowship

Elina Gertsman, associate professor of medieval art, received a year-long ACLS fellowship to pursue research on her next monograph, tentatively titled Empty Spaces: Figuring Absence in Late Medieval Art. From over 1,000 applications received this year, the ACLS selected 70 fellows. Matthew Goldfeder, the director of fellowship programs, said that “fellows were chosen for their potential to create new knowledge resulting from investigations and reflections on diverse cultures, texts, and artifacts from across the globe and human history… ACLS employs a rigorous multi-stage peer-review process to ensure that humanities scholars themselves select those fellows who exemplify the very best in their fields.” Prof. Gertsman”s second monograph, Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna, was published by Penn State Press this month.

See the feature on Prof. Gertsman’s award in The Daily:

For more information on Prof. Gertsman’s project, see

PARIS Summer Semester

Architecture • Design • Culture


S u m m e r S e m e s t e r

July 6 – August 2, 2015

Department of Art Studios

Arts 305: 3-credits

Faculty Advisor: Sally  L. Levine (

Program Cost:  $2850*

*Does not include: Flights, Meals,

Tuition, Passport Fees

Problem Solving is at the very core of Design, and no city has been more inventive when it comes to Problem Solving than Paris. Paris introduced outdoor cafes; created Mansart roofs and French doors, each in response to a limit imposed by the government – and the world is richer for it.

This 4-week intensive summer course immerses students into a culture that solves architectural problems through a sophisticated appreciation for design, aesthetics and conceptualization and introduces them to critical inquiry. Using Paris as the classroom, students will visit well-known sites, museums and monuments as well as hidden gems as they explore this major world cultural center. The course is taught in English.

While no art or drawing skills are required, participants at every level will learn how to improve their visual skills through sketching, observation studies and analyses. Each week students will complete a design project; each will explore a unique aspect of French culture. The program includes two day-long excursions. n=programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11006


Meet Christine Haynes, undergraduate intern in conservation at Cleveland Museum of Art 2012-2014


From left to right:
Chris Bruns, Environment and Objects Conservation Technician
Christine Haynes
Colleen Snyder, Assistant Objects Conservator
Samantha Springer, Assistant Objects Conservator
Christine Haynes, a 2013 graduate of CWRU, interned in conservation at the Cleveland Museum of Art  for two and a half years (January 2012-June 2014). She primarily worked in the objects laboratory, helping to prepare works for the reinstallation of the Chinese and Southeast Asian galleries and objects for special exhibitions.  Before that she worked in the paper laboratory, where she interned with Stephen Fixx, Paper Conservation Technician, in the paper laboratory, matting and framing works on paper.  Christine also served as president of the CWRU Art History Club from 2011-2013.  In fall 2014 she became a student in the highly competitive MA program in Art History, Criticism, and Conservation at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, where she will specialize in the conservation of modern and contemporary art works.