Most of the CWRU art history class meetings are held at the Cleveland Museum of Art where students have access to the permanent collections and to a rotating schedule of exhibitions. Graduate students and undergraduate students enrolled in upper level art history courses also have access to the full array of resources and services offered by the museum’s Ingalls Library, http://library.clevelandart.org/. The Ingalls Library is the third largest art research library in the United States, with more than 456,000 volumes, including major art periodicals, auction catalogues and electronic resources. In addition, the library’s image collection includes more than 6.4 million images, many of which are housed in special collections. Graduate students have individual shelves for their research materials and are assigned to individual reference librarians who are able to assist them with their research.
The University’s Kelvin Smith Library, with approximately 1.7 million volumes, also offers an additional 48 million items available through membership in Ohiolink. Case faculty, staff, and students can identify, locate, and request these items from any of the other Ohiolink member institutions which includes 88 Ohio colleges and universities.
The department sponsors the annual Cleveland Symposium, organized by its graduate students for the presentation of papers. The annual meeting of the Midwest Art History Society offers another yearly venue for graduate students to present their research. The Cleveland Museum of Art’s active schedule of symposia, held in conjunction with its major exhibitions, provides students with the opportunity to hear distinguished national and international scholars, as do university sponsored programs of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities. Various conferences sponsored by CWRU, notably the Department of Music’s collaborative annual conference with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, American Music Masters, also engage topics of interest in visual and cultural studies. The department sponsors an annual lecture in honor of Professor Emeritus Harvey Buchanan, and beginning in 2014, an annual lecture in honor of Professor Emeritus Edward J. Olszewski. Three Julius FUnd lectures are held a year, one each in classical art, medieval art, and Renaissance art.