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.


The Cleveland Symposium

The Cleveland Symposium is hosted each fall by the Case Western Reserve University–Cleveland Museum of Art Joint Graduate Program in Art History and Museum Studies. It began in 1974 as the Ohio Area Student Symposium and included presentations by art history students from Ohio and the surrounding regions. Now...

Lauren Lovings-Gomez’s “Antiquity, Exoticism, and Nature in Gold ‘Lotus and Dragon-fly’ Comb with Cyprian Glass Fragment”

On Saturday, March 9, second-year MA student Lauren Lovings-Gomez presented her paper “Antiquity, Exoticism, and Nature in Gold ‘Lotus and Dragon-fly’ Comb with Cyprian Glass Fragment” at the 36th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium at Florida State University. She was also able to see CWRU alumna Alexa Amore (MA, Class...

Lacunae and their Phantoms

On February 28, Prof. Elina Gertsman delivered an invited talk at the Northwestern Medieval Colloquium, which brings distinguished speakers to campus for evening lectures and informal lunches with graduate students. Her paper, "Lacunae and their Phantoms," was drawn from her forthcoming book that explores medieval concepts of absence.

Artist Talk Poser

Upcoming Artist Talk with William Harper

William Harper will be giving an artist talk titled "The Beautiful and the Grotesque" on Monday, April 8, 2019, at 5:30pm. It will be held in Clarke Hall 206, CWRU and will be followed by a reception. Harper will have an exhibition in the Reinberger Gallery at Cleveland Institute...

Photography Exhibit and Butoh Dance Performance

There is currently a photo exhibit being put on by Abe Frajndlich and students as well as a Butoh dance being performed by Minami Azu (an internationally known Tokyo based dancer).  The photographs in this exhibition feature Minami Azu, international Butoh dance master from Tokyo, Japan. She has performed...

Tori Laser

Art History Student Tori Laser Featured on The Daily

Congratulations to Tori Laser, second year MA student in Art History and Museum Studies, on this fabulous feature in the The Daily! Make sure to check out the article to learn more about her achievements and her experiences. Click here to visit the article!

Nikki DeLuca at the Popular Culture and the Deep Past Conference

On Saturday, February 23, Nikki DeLuca, a PhD student in medieval art, presented her paper “Images of Truth and Magic in Arthurian Romance” at the Popular Culture and the Deep Past conference, “Fairies and the Fantastic,” at The Ohio State University. While there, she also learned about the history...

Students in front of Swedish Modern Design

Color and Comfort: Swedish Modern Design

The Class of 2019 Art History and Museum Studies MA students (Jacob Emmett, Hannah Hilditch, Kate Hublou, Tori Laser, Julia LaPlaca, Lauren Lovings-Gomez, and Tom Martis) spent the 2017-2018 school year proposing an exhibition that would showcase the Cleveland Museum of Art's extensive collection of textiles by mid-twentieth-century Swedish designers....