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.


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Mining the Collection: with Gerhard Lutz and Elina Gertsman

International Center of Medieval Art presents another installment of Mining the Collection! Professor Elina Gertsman and Gerhard Lutz, Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art at The Cleveland Museum of Art, will join forces to present two fascinating sculptures from the museum’s collection. Please join us Thursday, March 4th at 11:00 am ET for...

Vision and Value: Cotton and the Materiality of Race

Dr. Anna Arabindan-Kesson, Assistant Professor of African American and Black Diasporic Art at Princeton University, will be presenting a lecture titled, "Vision and Value: Cotton and the Materiality of Race," on March 3rd at 7:15 pm EST. Click here to register.

Elina Gertsman recieves Baker-Nord Center Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities has announced that the recipient of its 2020-21 Award for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities is Elina Gertsman, the Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor in Catholic Studies II and Professor of Art History.  The award recognizes outstanding achievement in a field of humanistic scholarship. ...

Medieval ghosts at UCSB

Congratulations to Sam Truman whose paper “Defying Decay: The Ghostly Body and Identity in Gautier de Coinci’s Miracles de Nostre Dame” was accepted into UC Santa Barbara’s 45th Annual Art History Graduate Student Association Symposium, “Haunting the Canon: The Super-phenomena in Art”! The conference will be held over Zoom...

Living Like Gods: The Late Antique Hall from the Domus outside the Porta Marina, Ostia

Fabio Barry will be presenting a lecture titled "Living Like Gods: The Late Antique Hall from the Domus outside the Porta Marina, Ostia," on February 11 at 4:00 p.m. EST. The event will be streamed on Zoom Webinar and our Facebook page. Click here to register.  

Lauryn Smith awarded fellowship from Historians of Netherlandish Art

Lauryn Smith, PhD candidate specializing in early modern art, has been awarded a competitive pre-doctoral fellowship from the Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA) to conduct dissertation research in Germany. Her dissertation examines the intimate cabinets of Amalia van Solms-Braunfels, Princess of Orange (1602-1675), to illuminate instances of innovation and...

New Access to The Index of Medieval Art

Access to the Index of Medieval Art database at Princeton is now provided by Kelvin Smith Library. A link to the database can be found in the Art History and Art database folder on the library's website. Students working remotely can access the resource by first logging into the...

Collaboration between Factum Foundation and CWRU combines machine learning and image analysis

Factum Foundation has initiated a collaboration with a team from the Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Art History and Art Departments at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The goal is to apply machine learning methods to surface profilometry images of paintings in order to attribute stylistic components...