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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Professor Maggie Popkin featured on The Daily

Click here to read an article from The Daily about Professor Maggie Popkin's recent award of the 2020-2021 Rome Prize!

Open Minds

Recently, The New Yorker published a highly problematic piece by Lawrence Wright, “How Pandemics Wreak Havoc and Open Minds.” Medievalists around the country responded to the article in a series of open letters. Click “Learn more” for one such open letter sent to the magazine by Prof. Elina Gertsman and her colleague at California State University, Prof. Asa Simon Mittman.

Professor Maggie Popkin awarded Rome Prize

Congratulations to Professor Maggie Popkin who has been awarded the Rome Prize, which involves residence at the American Academy in Rome! Professor Popkin's project is titled "Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome," and her description is as follows: "My project investigates souvenirs from the Roman Empire commemorating...

The Mysteries of Samothrace: American Excavations in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods

Professor Maggie Popkin will be giving an online lecture on "The Mysteries of Samothrace: American Excavations in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods" on Tuesday, July 28, 1:30 pm, as part of the Siegal Center's Classical Archaeology Series. Professor Popkin will present the most up-to-date archaeological research in the Sanctuary of...

Elizabeth Bolman interviewed by local NBC channel on the subject of taking down statues of historical figures

Professor Elizabeth Bolman was recently interviewed about the removal of statues of historical figures. Watch the interview here.

Read a review of Tim Shuckerow’s recent exhibition featuring African-American alumni

Tim Shuckerow, who has led the studio and art education part of our department for over 30 years, will be retiring at the end of the summer. As part of his last semester, he hosted a spectacular exhibition of work by African-American alumni, and also exhibited his collection of...

Congratulations Kylie Fisher!

Congratulations to Kylie Fisher who has been invited to submit an essay about the history of printmaking in Europe, ca. 1400-1800 to Smarthistory. Smarthistory is the most-visited, open-access art history resource in the world. It is the official provider of art history for, and supports AP art history and A-level...

Professor Bolman published in Wall Street Journal

Elizabeth S. Bolman published an article for the Wall Street Journal's Masterpiece series (June 5, 2020), on her work at the Red Monastery Church, in Upper Egypt. She founded and directed a twenty-year project to conserve, clean, document, study and publish this late fifth-century monastic church. Read the article here.