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.

News

Gilbert Jones Wins Several Awards

Gilbert Jones, a second-year doctoral student who studies late medieval Italian art, received several grants for the spring and summer. Gilbert attended the 2019 Dumbarton Oaks Spring Symposium as a Bliss Fellow. This travel award allowed Gilbert to meet academics from across the globe and participate in scholarly conversations on the subject of processions and...

William Harper Lecture

World-renown artist William Harper gave a fascinating lecture on campus, on April 8, 2019, to a packed crowd. He explained some of the vast array of global sources that he uses for inspiration for his work, and discussed aspects of his working practice. Professor Henry Adams gave a scintillating...

Civil Engineering/Pre-Architecture Graduate heads to graduate architecture program

We are proud that 2017 alumna Meghann McMahon will be attending the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Virginia this coming fall. Meghann graduated with a double major in Civil Engineering and Pre-Architecture. What is particularly notable about this is that the programs are in two different...

Assistant Professor Eunyoung Park

Assistant Professor Eunyoung Park is a finalist for the John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching. Congratulations to Professor Park — what an honor to receive this nomination during one’s first year in the department!

Friends of Art Graduate Awards Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Friends of Art graduate awards!   Dominique (Nikki) DeLuca: Best Overall Performance by a PhD Student  Nikki, who completed her MA in the department as well, is working on her dissertation under the guidance of Prof. Elina Gertsman. Nikki's nominator stressed her strong work ethic...

Lauryn Smith Selected for the Rijksmuseum and Netherlands Institute of Art History Summer School Program

Lauryn Smith, a third-year doctoral student in early modern Dutch and Flemish art, is one of fifteen emerging professionals who were selected to participate in the Rijksmuseum and Netherlands Institute of Art History (RKD) Summer School Program, “Northern Renaissance Art: Collections, Research, and Recent Developments.” Lauryn was awarded a...

Lauren Lovings-Gomez Awarded the Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship!

Lauren Lovings-Gomez, a second-year MA student in Art History and Museum Studies, has been awarded the Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowship! This fellowship will enable Lauren to travel to England this fall to view the “Pre-Raphaelite Sisters” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, as well as to visit additional...

Professors Erin Benay and Maggie Popkin nominated for prestigious undergraduate teaching and mentoring awards

The art history faculty at CWRU is deeply committed to undergraduate education, and this commitment has earned recognition for two departmental faculty members. Erin Benay, Climo Assistant Professor, has been nominated for the 2019 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, which honors faculty who have demonstrated excellence...