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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.

Gertsman Prestigious Medieval Academy
Gertsman Prestigious Medieval Academy

Elina Gertsman’s Worlds Within Awarded 2018 Gould Book Prize from Medieval Academy

Date posted: January 23rd, 2018

Prof. Gertsman has been awarded the Medieval Academy’s inaugural Karen Gould Prize in Art History for Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna (University Park: Penn State Press, 2015). …Read more.

Red Monastery Church Triconch
Red Monastery Church Triconch

Sarah Bond has written a Blog Post on Elizabeth Bolman’s Red Monastery Project in Forbes Magazine

Date posted: January 21st, 2018

Sarah Bond, Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Iowa has written a Blog Post on Elizabeth Bolman’s Red Monastery Project, in Forbes Magazine.
Gertsman Cover of The Middle Ages in 50 Objects
Gertsman Cover of The Middle Ages in 50 Objects

A Sneak Peek at Prof. Elina Gertsman’s The Middle Ages in 50 Images

Date posted: January 21st, 2018

Now in production and due out this May, Professor Gertsman’s new book, co-authored with one of the field’s foremost historians, Barbara H. Rosenwein, weaves its narrative through the extraordinary array of medieval objects in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art. …Read more.

The Digital Red Monastery Church Receives 2018 Medieval Academy Prize

Date posted: January 16th, 2018

“The Digital Red Monastery Church: Open Access for Scholars and the Public, for Research and Teaching” receives the 2018 Medieval Academy Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize (Principal Investigator, Elizabeth S. …Read more.

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.

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