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.

41st Annual Cleveland Symposium, October 23, 2015

Date posted: September 29th, 2015


41st Annual Cleveland Symposium
Unity and Division in the History of Art
Recital Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art
Friday, October 23, 2015
Sponsored by the Nancy and Joseph Keithley Institute for Art History
with additional generous support from the Friends of Art
and the School of Graduate Studies, Case Western Reserve University
10:25   SESSION 1: Separation and Otherness
Chair: Lucy Yan, MA student, Case Western Reserve University
Cropping Out Chinatown: An Analysis of Segregated Space in Arnold Genthe’s Photographs
Natalie Fleming, PhD student, Transnational Studies Department, American Studies Program, SUNY University at Buffalo
Destruction and Renewal: Understanding the Cyprus Problem through Cultural Heritage
Leah Marangos, MA in Art History (2015), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Locating Gender, Distinguishing Other: Assyrian Art in the 1849 Lady’s Newspaper
Clayton Kindred, MA student, Master of Public Affairs Program, Brown University
11:35   Break
11:45   SESSION 2: Unifying Identity and Nationalism
Chair: Tony Huffman, MA student, Case Western Reserve University
Picturesque Labor: Photography, British Colonialism and the Tea Trade
Leila Anne Harris, PhD student, Art History, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
“All Hearts Shook”: Reading the Nation in Emile Mâle’s L’Art allemand et l’Art français du moyen âge
Sean Kramer, PhD student, History of Art Department, University of Michigan
Unforeseen Alliances: Spazialismo and the Gutai Bijutsu Kyōkai in the Aftermath of World War II
Anne Rana Aberle, MA in Art History (2014), Hunter College
12:55   Lunch
2:15     SESSION 3: Fragmentation and Discord
Chair: James Wehn, PhD student, Case Western Reserve University
Fragmenting Decay: Giacometti’s la Jambe
Emma Clute, PhD candidate, Department of the History of Art, The Ohio State University
Shifting Intentions: A Hidden Raising of Lazarus in Rembrandt’s The Meeting of Christ with Martha and Mary after the Death of Lazarus
Molly Phelps, MA candidate, Department of Art History and Art, Case Western Reserve University
*Selected by Department of Art History and Art faculty
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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.

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.


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