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.


Congratulations to PhD Student Alex Kaczenski on Being Selected the Curatorial Intern for the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA!

Congratulations to fifth-year PhD student Alex Kaczenski who has been selected as the next Curatorial Intern for the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA! She will spend the 2022-23 academic year working on a range of curatorial projects at the renowned institution.

PhD Student Angie Verduci Gives a Lecture on Art and Epidemic During the Middle Ages at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan

On June 8th, doctoral student Angie Verduci was invited as a guest speaker for the 9th Summer School conference for doctoral students in Humanities at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. Angie was very thrilled to be back to her former university in Italy, where she met old friends...

Huge Congratulations to PhD Student Sam Truman, Who Has Been Accepted into the Graduate Internship Program at the J. Paul Getty Museum!

Huge congratulations to PhD student Sam Truman, who has been accepted into the highly competitive Graduate Internship Program at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles! Sam will be working as the curatorial intern in the Manuscripts Department for the 2022-2023 academic year. The holdings of the Department of...

Capitol Educator

Huge congratulations to our alumna Shayla Croteau who has just accepted a position in the education department at the Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing, MI! Shayla she will be giving tours, completing research projects, and contributing to future exhibitions about the art, architecture, and history of the Capitol...

Join Us to Hear Professor Popkin Talk Through Her Latest Book!

On Monday, June 27 at 12 pm (EST), you are invited to a webinar hosted by Cambridge University Press to hear Professor Maggie Popkin discuss her new book, Souvenirs and the Experience of Empire in Ancient Rome. You can register for the webinar here.

Professor Elina Gertsman Lectures at the École des hautes études in Paris

In May and June of 2022, Elina Gertsman was the invited professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris, where she offered several lectures, participated in the seminars of the international project « Arts et Intelligences du Silence », and led discussions with doctoral students in the Groupe d’anthropologie historique du long Moyen Âge. She used this occasion to do extensive research at the Bibliothèque nationale de France; travel to Bourges, Tours, and Amiens; and hold meetings with curators and conservators at several key museums, including the Louvre.

The EHESS (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) is a graduate-only research institution that has a unique standing in the world of research and higher education in France. It hosts scholars from all over the world, trains students up to PhD level in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences, and — as part of an extensive global academic network — occupies a central position in French intellectual life. Prof. Gertsman will return to the EHESS as an invited professor for two more years.

Summer Research in Europe: Part II

During her dissertation trip across Italy, doctoral student Angie Verduci had the outstanding opportunity to see some Triumph of Death frescoes in person and accompanied by a special guest: her advisor prof. Elina Gertsman! They both truly enjoyed their time spent in front of gruesome and spellbinding depictions of Mors Triumphans!  

Summer Research in Europe: Part I

Doctoral students Alex Kaczenski and Sam Truman recently visited Europe on a research trip for their dissertations. Alex documented paintings and sculptures of St. Agatha in France, Germany, and Italy, while Sam examined images of ghosts in manuscripts in France and England. Their research was supported, in part, by...