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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.

PhD Students at Kalamazoo
PhD Students at Kalamazoo

Spotted at Kalamazoo!

Date posted: May 15th, 2018

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.

2018 Cleveland Symposium Flyer
2018 Cleveland Symposium Flyer

Call for Papers! Submit by June 29,2018!

Date posted: April 17th, 2018

The Department of Art History and Art invites current and recent graduate students to submit abstracts for its 2018 Annual Symposium Built Environments and Performances of Power. We welcome innovative research papers that engage with the concept of built environments and their performative spaces, both within and without. …Read more.

Prof. Gertsman's Lecture at Tufts Flyer
Prof. Gertsman's Lecture at Tufts Flyer

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

Date posted: April 7th, 2018

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.

Front Tasset Evite
Front Tasset Evite

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

Date posted: April 5th, 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.

Osorio Event Poster
Osorio Event Poster

Pepon Osorio, A Lifetime of Artistic Practice, April 20 at 6:00 pm

Date posted: April 5th, 2018

This event will focus on Pepon Osorio, A Lifetime of Artistic Practice. It will take place in Gertner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art on April 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Bagnall Event Poster
Bagnall Event Poster

Professor Roger Bagnall Lecture April 18!

Date posted: April 5th, 2018

April 18 at 5:30 PM, Professor Roger Bagnall will give a lecture entitled “A Roman City in the Egyption Desert: Paintings, Potsherds, and Politics in the Dakhla Oasis” at CMA’s lecture hall.

Nikki Deluca
Nikki Deluca

Nikki DeLuca Accepted to the Newberry Library’s Paleography Workshop, Receives a Dissertation Grant from the Medieval Academy of America

Date posted: March 31st, 2018

Nikki DeLuca, a PhD student in medieval art, has been selected to receive the 2018 Etienne Gilson Dissertation Grant from the Medieval Academy of America. Nikki’s dissertation, advised by Prof. Gertsman, tackles the subject of shadows in late medieval manuscripts. She was also selected to attend the Newberry Library’s French paleography workshop this summer. Congratulations to Nikki!

Elina Gertsman
Elina Gertsman

Prof. Elina Gertsman named finalist for the the Diekhoff Award for Mentorship this year!

Date posted: March 23rd, 2018

Prof. Elina Gertsman was chosen as a finalist for the 2018 John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the education of graduate students at CWRU through advising and mentoring. In 2015, Prof. Gertsman won the Diekhoff Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching.

Kylie Fisher has been awarded an Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship!

Date posted: March 23rd, 2018

Kylie Fisher, doctoral student in early modern Italian art, has been awarded an Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship! This fellowship will enable Kylie to travel to London this summer to conduct an in-depth study of the British Museum’s exceptional holdings of sixteenth-century Italian prints as part of her dissertation research.

Aimee Caya
Aimee Caya

PhD student Aimee Caya receives the Pancoast Fellowship!

Date posted: March 23rd, 2018

Drawn on the Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fund, which helps women students in The School of Graduate Studies to travel abroad, the Fellowship will allow Aimee to begin her dissertation research on English brasses. In addition to working in London museums, Aimee will be venturing to Oxfordshire to explore the brasses still in situ in the area’s parish churches.

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Front taxel Evite

The Arts at CWRU! A Special Evening that will take place on March 26!

Date posted: March 20th, 2018

On Monday, March 26, 2018, there will be a special evening at the Linsalata Alumni Center. The evening is split into 2 parts and all are welcome. Reception to follow.

James Wehn gives museum tour in Sarasota, FL 2
James Wehn gives museum tour in Sarasota, FL 2

CWRU Alumni Event at the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

Date posted: March 5th, 2018

On Sunday, March 4, PhD candidate James Wehn joined a group of CWRU alumni from the Tampa area for a visit to the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art. Following brunch, James led the group on a private tour through the museum’s Renaissance and Baroque galleries, where he highlighted a selection of Italian and Northern European paintings, including treasured works by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Piero di Cosimo, and Peter Paul Rubens. …Read more.

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