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 Art, The 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.
Only just published, The Middle Ages in 50 Objects, which Prof. Gertsman co-authored with Barbara Rosenwein, will be translated into Italian. The translation is slated to appear in 2020! For more on the book, click here.
Maggie Popkin, the Robson Junior Professor and Associate Professor of Art History, has been at work this past year researching ancient Roman souvenirs and memorabilia, a project supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.
Professor Elina Gertsman’s and Vincent Debiais’ “Abstraction Before the Age of Abstract Art” Wins Grant
Professor Elina Gertsman (Department of Art History, Case Western Reserve University) and Vincent Debiais (École des hautes études en sciences sociales) received a $20,000 grant from the French-American Cultural Exchange Foundation for their collaborative project “Abstraction Before the Age of Abstract Art.”
This fall on November 7, 2018, the Julius Fund Lecture in Ancient Art: Destruction and Defiance in Late Republican Rome given by Penelope Davies of University of Texas at Austin will take place in the CMA Recital Hall. More information can be found here.
Congratulations to Maggie Popkin who was promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1! Her first book,The Architecture of the Roman Triumph: Monuments, Memory, and Identity, was published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press.
Elina Gertsman’s and Barbara Rosenwein’s The Middle Ages in 50 Objects is published after being hailed as “a splendid visual feast” (Julia Smith, University of Oxford). Don’t miss the authors’ lecture, “Divine, Desirable, Deadly: the Middle Ages through Objects,” which will take place on December 12 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Just this week, this centuries-old painting graced the June 2018 cover of The Burlington Magazine, a prestigious monthly academic journal that covers the fine and decorative arts.The Burlington article also features the scholarship of Erin E. Benay, PhD, Climo Assistant Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art at Case Western Reserve University. The full article can be found here.
Our glorious PhD students at the hallowed International Congress for Medieval Studies — with Prof. Gertsman’s award-winning book and her fabulous Penn State editor, Ellie Goodman. From left to right: Nikki DeLuca, Rachel McNellis (music), Angie Verduci, Gilbert Jones, Aimee Caya.
Prof. Elina Gertsman will be delivering a lecture at Tufts University on April 19. Entitled “Fissures in Flesh,” it draws on her most recent book project on medieval emptiness.
In less than a week, Chicago based artists Tony Tasset will discuss his work on Wednesday, Aprill 11, 2018 from 6 to 7:30 PM at Kelvin Smith Library and have a one of his unique works – Judy’s Hand Pavilion – displayed in Toby Plaza.