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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.

Erin Benay and Maggie Popkin Awarded Fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Date posted: December 8th, 2016

Professors Erin Benay and Maggie Popkin were awarded full-year fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, as announced in December 2016.  These highly competitive awards will enable each of them to take a year off from teaching and service to work full time on their new book projects.  …Read more.

Erin Benay Receives Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies

Date posted: September 29th, 2016

Erin Benay, Assistant Professor of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art, received a 2017-18 fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies to support research and travel for her third book project, tentatively titled Italy by Way of India: Routes of Devotional Knowledge in the Early Modern Period…Read more.

Dr. Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, PhD 2007, named the Louis and Adelaide C. Ward Senior Curator of European Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum

Date posted: September 16th, 2016

Dr. Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, CWRU PhD 2007, will take up her duties in October as the new Louis L. and Adelaide C. Ward Senior Curator of European Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. …Read more.

Elina Gertsman Promoted to Professor

Date posted: July 7th, 2016

Congratulations to Elina Gertsman, who was promoted to the rank of Professor, effective July 1, 2016. She came to CWRU as Assistant Professor in fall 2010, and earned tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in 2014. …Read more.

Elina Gertsman receives Faculty Research Travel Grant from the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

Date posted: July 5th, 2016

Elina Gertsman, Associate Professor in Medieval Art, received a Faculty Research Travel Grant from the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at CWRU. She used it this summer to travel to northern Europe in order to work at several libraries, museums, and archives, and finish research for her next monograph on empty spaces in late medieval art. …Read more.

Erin Benay Receives Glennan Fellowship from UCITE

Date posted: July 2nd, 2016

UCITE, the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE)  at Case Western Reserve University, has named Assistant Professor Erin Benay one of its five Glennan Fellows for 2016-17. Named after T. …Read more.


Graduation 2016

DSC_0194 MA in Art History Graduates Victoria Hepburn, l, and Molly Phelps, r, with Professor Scallen.

.Andrea and Matt Rager May 2016 Professor Andrea Wolk Rager and Matt Rager; Professor Rager received the John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching at the Graduate Ceremony.

While the Commencement exercises saw snow for the morning procession for the first time in living memory, the day was joyful as always, and skies cleared for the Graduate Ceremony in the afternoon.

Art History Graduate Students Receive Competitive Pancoast Awards

Nikki DeLuca, a doctoral student in medieval art history, and Molly Phelps, who just graduated with an MA in Art History, received Eva L. Pancoast Awards from CWRU this spring.  The Pancoast awards, available to women graduates or students in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Graduate School, fund foreign travel or study abroad opportunities.   With the assistance of the Pancoast award and funding from the Keithley Institute for Art History, Nikki will deliver a paper at the international medieval studies conference in Leeds, England, in July.  Molly will use her Pancoast award to attend a Dutch language program in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in July.  In August Molly will travel to Europe again,  to deliver a paper at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Bruges, Belgium, funded by the department and the Keithley Institute for Art History.



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

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