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.


Ab umbra ad lucem!

Congratulations to our recent alumna Nikki DeLuca (PhD 2020) who received a book contract with the Brill series Art and Material Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe! Nikki's work focuses on images of shadows in later medieval illuminated manuscripts, and explores them in their theological, lietrary, scientific, and mythological...

Three for three!

Congratulations to Prof. Gertsman for publishing her third book this year! -- this one, a co-edited volume in the Tributes series for Harvey Miller / Brepols, collects essays on interdisciplinary research in medieval art.

The Keithley Fellowship

Congratulations to MA student Jessica Long, who has been named the first Keithley Fellow in Community-Engaged Art History.  Jessica will work with urban planning and public art non-profit LAND Studio this summer on several major public art initiatives! The Keithley Fellowship in Community-Engaged Art History creates a bridge between the methods and theories...

Announcing The Absent Image: Lacunae in Medieval Books

Congratulations to Prof. Gertsman whose newest book, The Absent Image: Lacunae in Medieval Books, was just published by Penn State Press! The book was made possible by the American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship and the Millard Meiss Publication Grant from the College Art Association as well as by support from her friends, colleagues, and students at CWRU and the CMA.

Congrats to Alex Kaczenski and Sam Truman!

Congratulations to Alex Kaczenski and Sam Truman on passing their doctoral exams with flying colors! Alex and Sam were joined by the alumna Mia Hafer and the honorary medievalist Delilah for a little celebration in Prof. Gertsman's back yard.  

Think Big Leadership Award

Transforming Art History:  Team Award Team Members:  Elizabeth Bolman, Ken Singer, Michael Hinczewski, Ina Martin, Lauryn Smith, Sarah Lavin, Sam Schwab, Fang Ji, Michael McMaster, Shishir Adhikari, Marci O'Dwyer and Gundeep Singh This interdisciplinary team is transforming art history at CWRU and around the world. The project models the potential of...

Medievalists reconvene at the CMA

At long last, the CMA is opened for small special tours, and the first such tour was offered by Dr. Gerhard Lutz to CWRU medievalists, who convened today at the Treasures from Münster Cathedral. The extraordinary collection of reliquaries is on display through 8/14/2022 and will form an integral part of the next course in the Global Middle Ages series, which will be co-taught by Prof. Gertsman and Dr. McCormick next spring.

CFP: 47th Annual Cleveland Symposium (11/2/2021)

The Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University invites graduate  students to submit abstracts for its 2021 Annual Symposium Aura: Authenticity, Experience, and Art. The Cleveland Symposium is one of the longest-running annual art history graduate symposia in  the United States, organized by students in the joint graduate program with the Cleveland Museum  of Art.