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

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...

Playing with ivory

Prof. Gertsman is delighted to announce the publication of her article, “Playthings: Ivory on Ivory” in Games and Visual Culture in the Middle Ages, edited by Elizabeth Lapina & Vanina Kopp. The article features two Cleveland objects, the celebrated ivory mirror (1940.1200) and the ivory casket with the scenes of romances (1978.39.b). To learn more about the book, click here. To get a copy of the article, please email Prof. Gertsman directly.

The Red Monastery Church (Upper Egypt): Its Significance and Conservation

Watch a recording of Professor Bolman’s recent lecture, titled “The Red Monastery Church (Upper Egypt): Its Significance and Conservation,” here.

Read a feature article in art/sci magazine on Prof. Gertsman’s Guggenheim Award

Click here to read the new issue of the university art/sci magazine, which features an article on Prof. Gertsman’s Guggenheim Fellowship and includes a woodcut created by Ben and Reed in her honor!

Baroque Without Boundaries: Challenging the early modern canon through a digital mapping intervention

Undergraduate and Graduate students in Professor Benay's global Baroque course collaborated on a digital humanities project this semester; check out their reconceived map of early modern art here:

Data Science in Art: Discerning the Painter’s Hand

Watch a recording of the Physics Colloquium presentation, "Data Science in Art: Discerning the Painter's Hand," here.   Oct 1, 2020 Physics Colloquium (Case Western Reserve University) Data Science in Art: Discerning the Painter's Hand Ken Singer, Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics Mike Hinczewski, Warren E. Rupp Associate Professor of Physics Betsy Bolman, Elsie B. Smith...

End of Semester Holiday Event

Thank you for joining us for the end-of-semester holiday gathering, where we did a bit of a catch-up and congratulated our outstanding undergraduates and graduate students on their many achievements during these fraught times!

CV workshop for CWRU graduate students

Join us for a CV workshop with Prof. Gertsman on December 11 at 1:30 EST! Come for advice, stay for destructive fun! Click on “Learn more” for the Zoom link.