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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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...

Lauen Lovings-Gomez wins the Gunther Stamm Prize

Lauren Lovings-Gomez won the 2019 Gunther Stamm Prize for her paper “Antiquity, Exoticism, and Nature in Gold Lotus and Dragonfly Comb with Cyprian Glass Fragment,” presented at the 36th Annual Graduate Student Symposium hosted by the Department of Art History at Florida State University. There are plans to include her article in the next volume...

Professor Gertsman Wins the Diekhoff Mentoring Award

Professor Elina Gertsman's exceptional mentoring has been acknowledged very publicly by Provost Vinson! Dr. Gertsman is the recipient of the 2019 John S. Diekhoff Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring. The John S. Diekhoff Mentoring Award is presented to two full-time faculty members who make exemplary contributions to the...

Gilbert Jones Wins Several Awards

Gilbert Jones, a second-year doctoral student who studies late medieval Italian art, received several grants for the spring and summer. Gilbert attended the 2019 Dumbarton Oaks Spring Symposium as a Bliss Fellow. This travel award allowed Gilbert to meet academics from across the globe and participate in scholarly conversations on the subject of processions and...

William Harper Lecture

World-renown artist William Harper gave a fascinating lecture on campus, on April 8, 2019, to a packed crowd. He explained some of the vast array of global sources that he uses for inspiration for his work, and discussed aspects of his working practice. Professor Henry Adams gave a scintillating...

Civil Engineering/Pre-Architecture Graduate heads to graduate architecture program

We are proud that 2017 alumna Meghann McMahon will be attending the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Virginia this coming fall. Meghann graduated with a double major in Civil Engineering and Pre-Architecture. What is particularly notable about this is that the programs are in two different...

Assistant Professor Eunyoung Park

Assistant Professor Eunyoung Park is a finalist for the John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching. Congratulations to Professor Park — what an honor to receive this nomination during one’s first year in the department!