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.

NEH Grant to support archaeological research in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods in Samothrace, Greece

Date posted: August 20th, 2015

Maggie Popkin, assistant professor of art history, is a principle investigator on a team of scholars who have received a three-year, $300,000 collaborative research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support archaeological research in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods in Samothrace, Greece. …Read more.

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.  …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? …Read more.

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). …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. …Read more.

Photographs of MA and Doctoral Graduates from Commencement May 2014

Date posted: July 20th, 2014

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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