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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 Crucifixion of Saint andrew
Erin Benay Crucifixion of Saint andrew

Erin Benay’s Exporting Caravaggio: The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew in CMA Bookstore

Date posted: January 15th, 2018

The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew (1606–1607), in the Cleveland Museum of Art, marks a crucial turning point in the life and artistic development of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610). …Read more.

Henry Adams Event Flyer
Henry Adams Event Flyer

Thomas Hart Benton, Jackson Pollock and the Secrets of El Greco

Date posted: January 14th, 2018

This 2018 Baker-Nord Distinguished Faculty Lecture entitled “Thomas Benton, Jackson Pollock and the Secrets of El Greco” is led by Henry Adams. Come join us on Wednesday February 7, 2018 in the Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A. Free and open to the public.

Brian Rose Lecture – Feb. 28 – “Museums, Archaeology and War”

Date posted: December 20th, 2017

Brian Rose will be giving a lecture on “Museums, Archaeology and War,” on Feb. 28 at 5:30 in the Cleveland Museum of Art. The lecture is free, but registration is required. Tickets are available on the Museum’s Calendar page.

Gertsman and Fliegel
Gertsman and Fliegel

Professor Gertsman’s and Mr. Fliegel’s Myth and Mystique Catalogue Receives a Glowing Review

Date posted: December 2nd, 2017

The review provides a powerful endorsement of the kind of academic and curatorial collaboration exemplified by Professor Gertsman course, “Piety and Leisure in Late Medieval Europe.” This was the first graduate seminar of its kind, made possible by the Mellon foundation, which was based on the extraordinary collection of medieval art at the CMA and featured object studies by Stephen Fliegel, the Robert P. …Read more.

Steven Fine Maltz Performing Arts Center
Steven Fine Maltz Performing Arts Center

Julius Fund Lecture in Ancient Art at the Maltz Performing Arts Center

Date posted: December 2nd, 2017

On November 14, Prof. Steven Fine discussed the way Arch of Titus was seen and interpreted throughout history, from the Roman period to the present day. Dr. Fine’s ongoing exhibition at Yeshiva University features a true-to-life replica of the Spoils of Jerusalem relief from the Arch, made thanks to the three-dimensional and polychrome scanning done as part of the YU’s Arch of Titus Project in 2012.

Julius Fund image
Julius Fund image

Julius Fund Lecture in Renaissance Art

Date posted: October 24th, 2017

Paula Findlen, Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History and Director of the Science, Technology and Society Program at Stanford University will present “Leonardo’s Legacy: The Artist as Scientist in Seventeenth-Century Italy. Wednesday, November 8, 5:00pm, Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall. Free and open to the public; reception to follow.

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