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.


Two graduate medievalists to present at the Florida State Symposium

Congratulations to Angie Verduci, 3rd-year PhD student, and Mia Hafer, 2nd-year MA student, whose papers were accepted into the 37th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium to be held in Tallahassee, Florida, on March 27 and 28, 2020!

Graduate Students Win Competitive Fellowships

Congratulations to Reed O’Mara and Benjamin Levy for receiving competitive scholarships to attend courses at the Rare Book School!

Semester in Review Opening Reception Article

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Grant From The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Click here to check out an article by The Daily regarding the plans that CWRU and CMA have due to a recent $500,000 grant.

GAHA organizes two events

On Wednesday, October 30, Lauren Lovings-Gomez (2019 M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies) gave a special tour of the WOLFS gallery's retrospective exhibition “The Dean" Frank Nelson Wilcox (1887-1964). Lauren began her position at WOLFS in June. She curated this exhibition and wrote the catalogue for it. On Wednesday, November 13, Dr....

Nothing is the Matter receives two grants

Congratulations to Prof. Gertsman, whose forthcoming book, Nothing is the Matter: Spaces of Absence in Late Medieval Art,  just received grants from the CAA’s Millard Meiss Publication Fund and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities!

Global Medieval Manuscripts, Part II

The global medieval adventure continues! Read the next installment on the Thinker blog today: essays by Russell David Green, Julia LaPlaca, Gilbert Jones, and Ben Levy, introduced by Prof. Elina Gertsman and Dr. Sonya Mace! Click here to read more!

Breaking the Mold: Opening on November 16

Please come to the opening of Breaking the Mold: The Art of Thelma & Edward Winter, curated by our own Becca Woodruff! The show opens at the Cleveland History Center on Saturday, November 16th.