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

Conserving Coptic Heritage: an Historic Egyptian-American Partnership

Please join Prof. Bolman for a lecture on an amazing and historic 20-year long Egyptian/American collaboration. Together, three churches and a painted tomb were conserved. All of this work was funded by USAID and administered by the American Research Center in Egypt. This will be a live lecture, on Wednesday...

Painting on Walls: Public Humanities, Public Art

Mackenzie Clark Throughout the history of art, wall painting has told stories, recorded myths and histories, and called groups to action. In Painting on Walls, a collaborative art history and service learning course offered by Prof. Erin Benay this past semester, students learned about the history of mural painting and...

Prof. Gertsman interviewed on NPR’s Ideastream

Prof. Elina Gertsman was recently interviewed about her Guggenheim Fellowship on NPR's Ideastream! Listen here.

Angie Verduci Wins the 2020 Student Travel Grant from the International Center for Medieval Art

Huge congratulations to Angie Verduci for receiving the ICMA Student Travel Grant, which will support research for her dissertation on Northern Italian “Triumph of Death” imagery. Only three such awards are annually given. This is the second year in a row that our medievalists receive this grant: last year, Aimee Caya was one of the winners!

Reed O’Mara Receives the 2020 Graduate Student Appreciation Award

Congratulations to Reed on receiving the Graduate Student Appreciation Award for the second year in a row! Reed’s nominator described her as a consummate student — active, engaged, kind, sharply intelligent, extremely personable — with a zeal for learning and discovery.

Prof. Erin Benay’s article published in new anthology

Professor Erin Benay's article, "Of Rhinos, Peppercorns, and Saints: (Re)presenting India in Medici Florence," was just published in an exciting new anthology about the Global Renaissance!

Katie DiDomenico to work as digital content creator for the Akron Art Museum

This summer, first-year MA student Katie DiDomenico will work as a digital content creator for the Akron Art Museum. The collection at the Akron Art Museum features regional, national, and international artworks created since 1850, with particular strengths in contemporary painting and sculpture and 20th-century photography. Katie has worked...

New Course Listing for Fall 2020, The Breath of All That Lives: Topics in Medieval Jewish Art

Announcing a new course offering for Fall 2020! Professor Elina Gertsman will be teaching ARTH 545 The Breath of All That Lives: Topics in Medieval Jewish Art. This seminar will explore late medieval Jewish art from western Europe and beyond. The first part of the seminar will focus on broad historical and historiographic...