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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Sherry Lindquist and Asa Simon Mittman,”Medieval Monsters: Far and Near”

Save the date for Sherry Lindquist's and Asa Simon Mittman's "Medieval Monsters: Far and Near"! Friday, September 27, 2019, 5:30 Thwing Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom,  11111 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106   Reception to follow Medieval artists used visual cues of monstrosity to depict both foreigners and people who did not conform to restrictive social norms,...

Charles Little, “The Gothic Renaissance: A Pivotal Moment in the Art in the Middle Ages”

Save the date for the September 11th Julius Fund talk by Charles Little, Curator Emeritus of Medieval Art  and The Cloisters,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art The catastrophic fire of Notre Dame of Paris on 15 April brought global attention to the world of Gothic art and the cathedral as one of its...

Cleveland Symposium: last call for papers!

Visualizing Sound & Silence in Art & Architecture 45th Annual Cleveland Symposium Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio Friday, October 25, 2019 When we examine visual images, we often concentrate solely on the sense of sight. In contrast, art and architecture, whether employing musical, ritual, or acoustic...

“Beast or Monster? Animals in the Medieval World”

  Save the Date! Dr. Elizabeth Morrison Wednesday, August 14, 6:00 p.m. Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art Explore animals both real and imaginary in the Middle Ages with Elizabeth Morrison, senior curator of the Department of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Although Europeans in the medieval era were familiar with domesticated...

Erin Benay Promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Erin Benay who was promoted to Associate Professor effective July 1!  Professor Benay, an expert in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, explores the ways in which early modern objects are manufactured, how they move through space and time, and in what ways they contribute to the production...

Medieval Abstraction in Cleveland and Princeton

This academic year concludes with a pair of successful events, held in Cleveland and at Princeton. On May 13, Professors Elina Gertsman and Vincent Debiais led a graduate student workshop on issues of studying medieval abstract art. Participants included Aimee Caya, Angelica Verduci, Nikki DeLuca, Reed O'Mara, Alex Kaczenski,...

Primary Source Reveals All: Attributing Astrid

By Kate Hublou   When the CMA’s textile conservator, Robin Hanson, unrolled a warm-toned textile with leaves, I was immediately intrigued. While I had been looking at other Swedish modern textiles for some time, I was struck by how different this design looked. The textile features a subdued color palette of...

Aimee Caya Receives Another Grant!

Congratulations to Aimee Caya, third-year PhD student in medieval art, for receiving yet another grant! Aimee was awarded one of three Student Travel Grants awarded by the International Center of Medieval Art for 2019. This generous grant, in addition to the one she received from the Mellon Center for...