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.


Art and Life During a Time of Plague: Success Stories in the Department of Art History and Art

Sam Truman presents at “Lives/ Afterlives/ Futures” symposium

Samantha Truman, second-year PhD student in medieval art, delivered (by Zoom!) a fantastic paper at the University of Oregon graduate student symposium, "Lives/ Afterlives/ Futures: Engagements with the Archive." Russell Green, Alex Kaczenski,  and Professor Gertsman virtually attended the talk, and were extremely impressed not only with the paper itself...

CWRU Couple Join Forces for a Good Cause 

Sarah Curry and David King met many years ago, picking up student artwork from the Regional Scholastics Art Exhibition on display at The Cleveland Institute of Art. Despite the fact that Curry & King have a background in Painting, they dusted off their sewing machines in an effort to...

Barney Taxel receives award at 2020 MWCP Juried Exhibition

The Midwest Center for Photography has announced the recipients of The Director’s Choice Awards for their 2020 MWCP Juried Exhibition. Barney Taxel, an instructor of digital photography at CWRU, received the award for the ‘closeup’ category. This image is a composite of three digital captures made during the ARTS 322...

Sydney Slacas

Sydney Slacas to intern at IFAR

Sydney Slacas, a first-year MA student in Art History and Museum Studies and a second-year JD student at the School of Law, will be the legal intern for the International Foundation for Art Research in New York City this summer. The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) is a...

Congratulations to the Friends of Art Award Winners!

The Department is delighted to announce the 2020 Friends of Art Award Winners: Mia Hafer (Best MA Paper Award), Alex Kaczenski (Best PhD Paper Award), and Kylie Fisher (Best Overall Performance by a PhD Student Award). WELL DONE!  

Congratulations Kylie Fisher!

Today Andrew W. Mellon doctoral candidate Kylie Fisher successfully defended her dissertation, Imprinting Antiquity: Reinventing the Past through Sixteenth-Century Prints! A very heartfelt congratulations to (soon to be) Dr. Fisher!

Spring semester events to be rescheduled

In response to recent events and new regulations regarding large gatherings, the Department of Art History and Art will be rescheduling all lectures and events that were to take place during the rest of the spring semester.

African-American Alumni Exhibition at the Art Studio Building at CWRU attracts attention!

Read the Observer article here for more information. Congratulations to Tim Shuckerow for conceiving of the idea for the show, and congratulations to the artists for a magnificent exhibition!