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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UCITE’s Teaching and Learning Colloquium

Celebrate the end of the spring semester with UCITE and engage with Glennan Fellows and Nord Grant recipients — including Prof. Gertsman who received the Nord grant for her innovative course on medieval Jewish art — to learn about their projects and how they are empowering people to learn. Our virtual Teaching & Learning Colloquium will take place Friday, May 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Register HERE for the event.

Graduating Senior Sarah Lavin featured in The Daily

Congratulations to graduating senior Sarah Lavin, BS in Chemistry and BA in Art History, minor in studio art, who was featured as part of the "Spartan Showcase" in The Daily! Read the article here.

Alumna Kylie Fisher joins Art Department at Furman University

Congratulations to alumna, Kylie Fisher (Ph.D. 2020) who will be joining the Art Department at Furman University this fall as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History! Furman is among the nation's top liberal arts and sciences universities and is located in Greenville, South Carolina. Kylie is thrilled to be...

Professor Elina Gertsman to join l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris as the professeure invitée

Congratulations to Professor Elina Gertsman who will be the professeure invitée at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris in 2022 and 2023! Each year, EHESS invites outstanding researchers from around the world to give talks and seminars in Paris within the framework of international scholarly...

Art History Grad Students and Alumni Rock the ICMS Kalamazoo!

Join us for the many papers presented by the CWRU graduate students and alumni at the International Congress for Medieval Studies! Reed O’Mara will speak on May 10, Ben Levy and Julia LaPlaca (MA, 2020) on May 11, Aimee Caya on May 12, and Kristen Herdman (MA, 2016) on May 14. Click below to learn more about their papers or go directly to see the full program here.

Professors Erin Benay and Steve Ciampaglia Win 2021 Expanding Horizons grant for Social and Racial Justice

Congratulations to Professor Benay and Professor Ciampaglia, who have won a 2021 Expanding Horizons grant for Social and Racial Justice. Learn more about their project Pressing Matters: Printmaking, Self-Advocacy, and Community Activism in East Cleveland by visiting the EHI website here. Pressing Matters will design and facilitate participatory printmaking, visual literacy, and self-advocacy...

Sam Truman to Present at York/Leeds

Congratulations to third-year PhD student Sam Truman for her acceptance into the 2021 White Rose Medieval Graduate Conference, co-hosted by the University of York and the University of Leeds! Sam will be presenting her paper entitled "Embodiment and Identity: The Ghostly Prior of Saint-Sauveur de Pavie." 

Reed O’Mara Elected to the Vagantes Board

Congrats to first-year PhD student Reed O’Mara who has been elected to serve as the Mentorship and Professionalization Coordinator on the Board of Directors for the Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies. The Vagantes Conference is set to take place at Case Western Reserve University in the spring of 2022...