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

Virtual Happy Hour with the Sculpture Center Exhibition Artists

Recent Cranbrook Graduates Melika Abikenari ('21), Tiffany Danielle Elliott ('19), and Luke Warren ('20), whose work is currently on exhibit at The Sculpture Center, will be discussing their work. This talk will also discuss the challenges of being an artist in the midst of a pandemic. Bring your favorite cocktail...

Alumna Christine Wolken Receives the Ralph M. Besse Excellence in Teaching Award

Congratulations to alumna Christine Wolken, Associate Professor of Art History, who is a recipient of the 2019-2020 Cuyahoga Community College Excellence in Teaching Award in Honor of Ralph M. Besse. The award is given to faculty members who demonstrate exceptional professional competence and commitment to helping students succeed, a...

Lecture Series in Medieval Jewish Art

We are pleased to announce an extraordinary series of lectures made possible by the generous support of the Nord Foundation at Case Western Reserve University. The lectures will take place within the framework of Professor Elina Gertsman’s graduate seminar on medieval Jewish art and will be held on Zoom.

Sydney Slacas featured by CWRU School of Law

Click here to read an article posted by the CWRU School of Law featuring Sydney Slacas, a second-year MA student in the Art History and Museum Studies program and third-year JD student at the School of Law.

Art History Club Meet & Greet

Art History Club is back! We will be having a Meet & Greet on September 8th at 6:00 pm via Zoom! We will be getting to know one another, giving more information about our club, and playing a game of Art History Pictionary! Anyone is welcome to join, regardless...

The Sarah and Walter Gibson Endowment Fund

New Gift to Art History Doctoral Students!  The Sarah and Walter Gibson Endowment Fund A fund named in honor of Sarah and Walter Gibson has been established to support doctoral students in the Joint Program between the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Department of Art History and Art. It will...

Meghan Strong to serve as guest curator for the Islamic Art gallery at the CMA

Meghan Strong, Adjunct Asst. Professor in Classics, will serve as guest curator for a new installation of the Islamic Art gallery at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The long-term installation, which is set to open in early 2021, will focus on the breadth and diversity of Islamic artistic traditions. In...

Announcing the Julius Fund Lecture in Medieval Art: Recognizing Wilgefortis

If you would like to attend, please email Reed O'Mara ( or click here to register.