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.


Students in front of Swedish Modern Design

Color and Comfort: Swedish Modern Design

The Class of 2019 Art History and Museum Studies MA students (Jacob Emmett, Hannah Hilditch, Kate Hublou, Tori Laser, Julia LaPlaca, Lauren Lovings-Gomez, and Tom Martis) spent the 2017-2018 school year proposing an exhibition that would showcase the Cleveland Museum of Art's extensive collection of textiles by mid-twentieth-century Swedish designers....

Erin Benay Giving Lecture

Prof. Erin Benay Talk at the College Art Association

Prof. Erin Benay delivers her talk at the annual meeting of the College Art Association to a packed, standing-room-only room! Her NEH-sponsored research on cultural exchange between Italy and India was presented in a session on Global Missions and Artistic Exchange in the Early Modern World with respondent Clara...

ThinkBig Seed Sprint Award

A competitive ThinkBig Seed Sprint award from the Office of the Provost at CWRU was granted to the collaboration “Seeding Technical Art History,” an endeavor initiated by PhD students Lauryn Smith (Art History) and Michael McMaster (Physics). The faculty and staff team leaders are Prof. Catherine B. Scallen, (Art History), Prof. Ken...

Bridging Euclid Avenue project receives a competitive ThinkBig Seed Sprint Award

An exciting collaborative project, Bridging Euclid Avenue: Creating a Dialogue between Art History and STEMM Departments, received a generous ThinkBig Seed Sprint award. The project team includes Profs. Henry Adams, Elizabeth Bolman, Elina Gertsman, Mark Griswold (Radiology), and Harsh Mathur (Physics), and PhD student Aimee Caya. Seed funds will be used to bring together a group...

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Undergraduate JP Peralta

JP Peralta '19, a major in Art History and Theatre, has been selected to be an educator and interpreter at the American Pavilion of the 2019 Venice Biennale. He will be working under acclaimed sculptor Martin Puryear on a team of educators representing the United States at this renowned...

Professor Anne D. Hedeman’s Lecture

Upcoming lecture on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:30pm in the CMA Recital Hall.

Prof. Elina Gertsman and Prof. Vincent Debiais (EHESS) Receive a Samuel H. Kress Grant in Art History

Professor Elina Gertsman and Professor Vincent Debiais (École des hautes études en sciences sociales) receive a History of Art Grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Faculty Recent Publications

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