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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.

Julius Fund Lecture in Medieval Art, September 29, 2017

Date posted: September 20th, 2017

Professor Christina Maranci, Tufts University, will present Adventures in Armenian Architecture
Friday, September 29, 2017, 5:30pm Cleveland Museum of Art Recital Hall

The Church of Surb Sargis (Saint Sergius), (Digor, mod. …Read more.

The Department of Art History and Art welcomes Elizabeth (Betsy) Bolman as its new Chair

Date posted: September 20th, 2017

The Department of Art History and Art is delighted to welcome Elizabeth (Betsy) S. Bolman as its new chair and Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts. A leading expert on late antique, Byzantine, and early medieval Egyptian art, Professor Bolman most recently directed a wall-painting conservation project at the Red Monastery church in Upper Egypt. …Read more.

Graduation 2017

Date posted: August 29th, 2017


Our MA graduates after the diploma ceremony.  From left to right: Prof. Holly Witchey, Bailey Pfohl, Tony Huffman, Jerika Jordan,Cara Coleman, Allison Slenker, Prof. Catherine Scallen. Congratulations to all! …Read more.

Art History Graduate Students Receive Awards in May 2017

Date posted: May 4th, 2017

Aimee Caya, a first-year doctoral student, and Kylie Fisher, a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Art History and Art, have received Graduate Dean’s Instructional Excellence Awards. These awards are given to university graduate students who participate in undergraduate education as teaching assistants and display excellence in their work and commitment. …Read more.

Erin Benay and Catherine Scallen Receive Diekhoff Awards

Date posted: May 4th, 2017

Erin Benay, Assistant Professor of Art History and Catherine Scallen, the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Professor in the Humanities and Chair of Art History and Art, have received Diekhoff awards. This is the third year in a row that a member of the art history faculty has received a Diekhoff award; four of the seven tenured or tenure track art historians in the department are now Diekhoff winners. …Read more.

Accepted applicants visit CWRU’s art history programs, March 24, 2017

Date posted: April 3rd, 2017

Current MA and doctoral students show accepted MA applicants through the CMA galleries. We had a full day of events, with a tour of Ingalls Library, lunch with the faculty, an Art Talk by Prof. …Read more.

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