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.


Elina Gertsman

5 Questions with Professor Elina Gertsman Article

Professor Elina Gertsman talks about her new book The Middle Ages in 50 Objects, what she loves about Cleveland and more in her interview which was featured in The Daily. Click here to read more!

The Middle Ages in 50 Objects

Prof. Gertsman’s New Book to be Translated into Italian

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.

The Pilkington Flask

Professor Maggie Popkin’s research published in the American Journal of Archaeology.

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.

Guillaume de Digulleville

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.”

View of the Roman Forum

“Destruction and Defiance in Late Republican Rome” Lecture on Nov. 7, 2018! Save the Date

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.

Maggie Popkin

Maggie Popkin Promoted to Associate Professor

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.

The Middle Ages in 50 Objects Book Cover

Elina Gertsman’s and Barbara Rosenwein’s The Middle Ages in 50 Objects is Published

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.

Exporting Caravaggio: The crucifixion of Saint Andrew

Scholarly Journal Elevates Conversation on Caravaggio’s Masterwork at the CMA

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.

PhD Students at Kalamazoo

Spotted at Kalamazoo!

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. Gertsman's Lecture at Tufts Flyer

Prof. Elina Gertsman will be delivering a lecture at Tufts University on April 19!

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.

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Tony Tasset Speaking at Kelvin Smith Library on April 11, 2018

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.