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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.

Guillaume de Digulleville
Guillaume de Digulleville

Professor Elina Gertsman’s and Vincent Debiais’ “Abstraction Before the Age of Abstract Art” Win Grant

Date posted: June 20th, 2018

Professor Elina Gertsman (Department of Art History, Case Western Reserve University) and Vincent Debiais (Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, 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
View of the Roman Forum

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

Date posted: June 19th, 2018

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

Maggie Popkin Promoted to Associate Professor

Date posted: June 17th, 2018

Congratulations to Maggie Popkin who was promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1! Before joining the faculty at CWRU, Prof. Popkin was the Samothrace Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Fine Arts-NYU and Emory University.

The Middle Ages in 50 Objects Book Cover
The Middle Ages in 50 Objects Book Cover

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

Date posted: June 17th, 2018

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
Exporting Caravaggio: The crucifixion of Saint Andrew

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

Date posted: June 12th, 2018

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
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!

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