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

Hiding in Plain Sight: Artistic Effacement and Erasure in the Age of Revolutions

Join us for a lecture by Dr. Ananda Cohen, one of the leading experts on Colonial Latin American Art, on Friday, Dec. 4, at 3:00! Register here.

Medieval Jewish Art Lectures Available!

All six lectures / discussions drawn from medieval Jewish art seminar have been uploaded here, and are available to anyone with the CWRU email account. Please note that we were treated to two lectures by Prof. Diane Wolfthal: one on late medieval Yiddish manuscripts and another on the lives and afterlives of the Houston Mahzor!

Prospectus and QP presentations

Please join us for our annual QP and prospectus presentations on November 20th at 1 pm! Angie Verduci will first speak about her dissertation research, focused on late medieval Triumph of Death murals in northern Italy; Annapoorna Moore will follow with a discussion of the gorgeous fourteenth-century silver belt...

The Value of et al.: Fostering Collaborations in the Humanities

Read Prof. Benay's recent article about collaboration in the Humanities, published by the H-Net Book Channel forum, Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications!  Click here to read the article.

Bodily Realities: Engaging the Discourse of Dis/Ability

Last Friday, the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University hosted the 46th Annual Cleveland Symposium, "Bodily Realities: Engaging the Discourse of Dis/Ability." Thank you to everyone who made this event possible! We are pleased to announce that a recording of the event, as well...

New spring class! Heroes, Demons, and Lovers: Medieval Imagery of History and Romance

ARTH 350/450, Wednesdays, 7:00pm–9:30pm Dominique DeLuca, PhD In this course we will examine medieval romance imagery with special focus on illuminated manuscripts produced from the 12th through the 15th centuries in northern Europe. We will study depictions of historical people and events, mythological tales, and episodes from popular poetry and literature...

New spring class! Issues in Ancient Art: The Art of Ancient Egypt and Nubia

ARTH 335/435 MWF 11:30-12:30 Meghan Strong, PhD From millennia, the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Nubia developed alongside each other in the Nile Valley. This course will explore the distinct visual and material culture of these two neighbors but also examine the artistic implications of cross-cultural interaction in these regions. We will...

New spring class! Topics in the Art of Japan: Rinpa

ARTH 341/441 T/TH 4:00–5:15 Sinéad Vilbar, Curator of Japanese Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art Rinpa is a style of Japanese art focused on abstracted natural motifs, often made with mineral and metallic pigments as well as ink. Classical literature features in some Rinpa works. Coined in the early 1900s, Rinpa means “Rin School,”...